Federal authorities were reportedly aware of child sex abuse allegations against now-fired CNN producer John Griffin for more than a year, yet even though he was under investigation, a neighbor said Griffin was able to interact with not only his own children but other children as well.
The man said the Griffins hosted sleepovers and pool parties at their sprawling $4 million property overlooking Long Island Sound in Wilson Point, Connecticut, according to Fox News. Griffin and his wife, Allyson, 46, have three young children, and the network reported that while the couple had separated some time last year, they were “trying to mend their marriage last summer.”
“The Griffins have young children, and those young children have friends,” the resident told Fox News. “I know someone who is friends with their daughter and went to a pool party at their house last summer, and he [Griffin] was there.”
He also claimed it was commonly known in the community that Griffin was a heavy drinker and, according to rumor, spent time in rehab. Griffin was reportedly charged in Vermont in Oct. 2020 for driving while under the influence and smashing his vehicle into another car.
Griffin, who worked with fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on the “New Day” set, was arrested last Friday on a federal indictment for allegedly soliciting three mothers in order to engage their underage daughters in “illicit sex acts.”
— FBI Albany (@FBIAlbany) December 10, 2021
The most recent of the disturbing incidents occurred last summer, when he allegedly “flew a mother and her adopted 9-year-old daughter to his $2 million Vermont mountainside chalet in July 2020 to engage in illicit sex acts. He allegedly paid the mother $3,500 for the encounter,” Fox News reported. The child told a police-affiliated social worker she had taken part in explicit sexual activity with both Griffin and her mother.
The mother and daughter were from Nevada, and police in Henderson, Nev., arrested 48-year-old Heather Carriker the following month on two counts of child abuse, two counts of sexual assault against a child under 14 and one count of lewdness with a minor under 14, the Daily Mail reported, adding that Griffin was named in the complaint against her.
Citing court papers, Fox News reported that on Sept. 2, 2020, just days after the woman’s arrest, federal authorities seized “computers, storage media, devices, phones, cameras, MicroSD cards, images and video.”
Yet, it took another 16 months before Griffin was arrested.
Why did CNN employ John Griffin for over a year even *after* the FBI had raided his electronics over child sex trafficking?
— AmericaFest Poso (@JackPosobiec) December 16, 2021
Attorney Michael Bachner, who has a history of representing high-profile defendants, said it was “remarkable” that the FBI took so long.
“If the FBI did a search in September and was aware of the underlying conduct against Griffin in the Nevada case, it’s kind of remarkable that steps were not taken to get Griffin off the streets,” he told Fox News. “To leave someone free when you’re aware or have probable cause to believe he’s a predator to me is a wrong decision.”
The aforementioned local resident wondered if the Griffin family’s connections in the community shielded him, saying they have a “nouveau riche vibe” and had a history of “splashing money all over town.”
Griffin was living in Stamford, Connecticut, when he was arrested, according to a Justice Department press release. He agreed in his initial court appearance in U.S. District Court in Connecticut — via Zoom — to be extradited to Vermont.
He also informed the court that he had been drinking when Magistrate Judge Robert Spector asked him if he had taken any drugs or alcohol in the last 24 hours.
“Yes, Your Honor,” Griffin replied. “I am confident it was long enough ago that I am bone-dry sober at this point.”
Messages from Griffin that were included in the indictment show the CNN producer saying he believes there is a “wanton whore” at “the core of any” female and that “when handled appropriately, a woman is a woman regardless of her age.” He believed that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont.
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