Creepy: 44-year-old CNN producer charged with luring minors for sex

A CNN producer named John Griffin who worked on Chris Cuomo’s show has been arrested and charged with three counts of enticing minors into sexual activity. Somehow, Griffin was able to convince the mother of two young girls to fly to Boston and meet him. The details of this are really creepy.

According to the indictment, from April to July of 2020, Griffin utilized the messaging applications Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with people purporting to be parents of minor daughters, conveying to them, among other ideas, that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men.  On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.  In June of 2020, Griffin advised a mother of 9- and 13-year-old daughters that the mother’s responsibility was to see that her older daughter was “trained properly.”  Griffin later transferred over $3,000 to the mother for plane tickets so the mother and her 9-year-old daughter could fly from Nevada to Boston’s Logan airport.  The mother and child flew to Boston in July of 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow house.  At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity.

The indictment also includes specific allegations that Griffin attempted to entice two other children over the internet to engage in sexual activity.  In April of 2020, Griffin proposed to engage in a “virtual training session” over a video chat that would include him instructing the mother and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothing and touch each other at his direction.  In June of 2020, Griffin proposed to a purported mother of a 16-year-old daughter that she take a “little mother-daughter trip” to Griffin’s Ludlow ski house for sexual training involving the child.

Griffin faces three counts and the DOJ press release says the mandatory minimum for each conviction is 10 years with a maximum of life. Obviously it depends if he’s convicted but also if the sentences are concurrent or consecutive. But at a minimum he’s facing 10 years and given how egregious this sounds, I’m willing to be he gets more than the minimum. The feds are also planning to seize his cars and his house on the grounds that they were used in the crime.

The NY Post has some information on Griffin’s work history:

On his LinkedIn profile, Griffin boasts of having worked “shoulder-to-shoulder with lead anchor Chris Cuomo, seeing him through each show and producing live breaking news across the country and around the world.”

They worked together during Cuomo’s five years as co-anchor of CNN’s “A New Day.”

Griffin, who calls himself a “father” on his Twitter feed and appears to have three young children, worked at CNN for almost nine years. Prior to that he held producing positions at ABC News, Fox News and CBS.

His LinkedIn profile also shows he liked a post from 2016 about the Trump family’s links to organized crime which is the only thing that strikes me as political on his account.

I’m glad they caught this guy but I can’t help wondering about the mother of the child he harmed. What happens to her? She also ought to go to prison for handing her child over to this creep.