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Exclusive reporting by Fox News has confirmed that federal authorities were made aware of disgraced now-former CNN producer John Griffin’s pedophilic activities for over a year, raising questions over why they waited so long to hold him accountable.
In reporting this bombshell Wednesday, Fox News cited the contents contained in a criminal complaint that was filed against a Nevada mother who’d allowed Griffin to sexually abuse her nine-year-old daughter.
According to Fox News, the complaint “reveals that authorities first became aware of Griffin’s depraved proclivities 18 months ago – yet the FBI didn’t arrest him until Friday in Connecticut for allegedly soliciting three mothers and their underage daughters for ‘training’ on fetish sex.”
It also shows that “[a]fter the woman’s arrest in August 2020, federal investigators seized ‘computers storage media, devices, phones, cameras, MicroSD cards, images, and video’ from Griffin on Sept. 2, 2020.”
This means federal authorities had more than enough evidence to arrest Griffin by September of last year, two months ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Moreover, the devices had reportedly been issued to Griffin by CNN, which then raises the question of why they didn’t say or do anything. CNN has for its part claimed that it didn’t learn of Griffin’s activities til his arrest week.
“Prior to his arrest and indictment, we had no knowledge about the case,” a spokesperson told Fox News, adding that the equipment, which was seized on Sept. 2nd of last year, was never reported as missing.
CNN producer charged with luring women and their underage daughters into unlawful sexual activity via @americanwire_ – https://t.co/9CdTEdMVxm
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 13, 2021
The complaint reviewed by Fox News also shows how both Griffin and the mother who’d participated in his child sex trafficking had been busted.
As previously reported, Griffin used instant messaging applications in the summer of 2020 to try and convince several mothers to allow their underage daughters to spend time with him. He claimed that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age” and that he could teach their daughters how to play their alleged role in life.
One “mother,” who it now turns out was in fact an adoptive mother, agreed and flew her nine-year-old to Boston in June of that year. Griffin then picked them up, took them to his home in Vermont, and allegedly proceeded to abuse the woman’s daughter.
The criminal complaint says that after the abuse, the adoptive mother dropped the girl off with her biological mother — who reportedly doesn’t have full custodial rights — but then never returned to pick her up.
Desperate to find her, the biological mother reportedly logged into her daughter’s smartphone so she could use it to access the adoptive mother’s social media accounts and use it to ask for help locating her.
“Then she discovered appalling text messages discussing sex toys, bondage activities, the girl and Griffin. The biological mom knew her child had been taken to Vermont, ‘but did not know anything like this was taking place until after she discovered these messages,'” Fox News reported, quoting from the complaint.
Sick details emerge in indictment of CNN producer who claimed to work ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with Cuomo https://t.co/Zh8C2s1W6w
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 14, 2021
By reading the messages, she also discovered that the adoptive mother had met Griffin through “an online porn/sex page,” according to the complaint.
She then called Griffin, who “claimed nothing happened between him and [the child], and told [the mom] he did not want to talk to police but would if he needed to,” the complaint states.
However, the nine-year-old reportedly was more than willing to talk.
She “told a social worker who interviewed her that, on separate occasions, she had been forced to watch her adoptive mother engage in sex acts with four different men – including Griffin,” according to Fox News.
Questioned by authorities, the adoptive mother eventually admitted that she’d traveled to Griffin’s place “with the purpose of engaging in BDSM play with John” but denied that her adoptive daughter had been present during these encounters.
This appears to be false.
“The charges that do involve Griffin allege that he watched as the child was made to perform lewd acts with the adoptive mother. After three nights of this alleged activity, the child refused to participate further,” according to Fox News.
The nine-year-old reportedly told investigators that the “weird” activities started around the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March of 2020.
Her adoptive mother was reportedly the only one who took up Griffin’s offer.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, “[i]n April of 2020, Griffin proposed to engage in a ‘virtual training session’ over a video chat that would include him instructing [one] mother and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothing and touch each other at his direction.”
And “[i]n 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.”
#FBI Albany SAC statement regarding the arrest of CT resident John Griffin by our Rutland, VT Resident Agency. @USAO_VT release here: https://t.co/mYOr6ZcpdN pic.twitter.com/3yhjn3NYqi
— FBI Albany (@FBIAlbany) December 10, 2021
Griffin currently faces “three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity,” according to the statement.
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