Former CNN producer sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for luring 9-year-old into sex acts

Former CNN producer John Griffin learned his fate in a Vermont court Tuesday as he was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to coercing a 9-year-old girl into sexual activity.

Griffin, who is formerly from Stamford, Connecticut, will also reportedly be subject to 15 years of supervision following his release according to The Washington Times. He was sentenced in US District Court in Burlington, Vermont by Judge William K. Sessions.

According to The Washington Times, “He also cannot have contact with people under the age of 18, except in the presence of an adult who has been approved by a probation officer, and is prohibited from being in areas where children congregate, such as schools, playgrounds, and theme parks, unless approved by the probation office beforehand.”

Assistant US Attorney Michael Drescher, the prosecutor in Griffin’s case, asked for the judge to impose a prison sentence of a little more than 21 years. David Kirby, the attorney that represented Griffin, called on Sessions to hand down a sentence of 10 years in prison for his client, the mandatory minimum for the offense.

The convicted pedophile worked for CNN as a producer between 2013 and December 2021. Griffin was arrested on Dec. 10, 2021, a day after he was indicted by a grand jury. The former CNN producer was 45 years old at the time of his arrest.

He pleaded guilty in federal court in December to using interstate commerce to entice and coerce the girl to engage in sexual activity at his Vermont ski house. Two other charges of enticing a minor were dropped as part of his plea deal. One of those charges referred to a mother and her 14-year-old daughter, whom he offered a “virtual training session.”

Griffin originally pleaded not guilty in 2021. He was ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution to the victims.

The girl Griffin admitted to sexually abusing in 2020 and her grandmother spoke at the hearing Tuesday via video and both expressed outrage at Griffin’s conduct in their victim impact statements.

“The child that you raped was my granddaughter,” the grandmother told Griffin, according to Vtdigger, “You forever ruined a 9-year-old girl.”

“You make me sad and angry,” the victim told Griffin during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, according to BNO News. The girl also told the judge that she now has difficulties trusting people and added, “I’ll never trust anyone again.”

The indictment of Griffin contends that he “utilized the messaging applications Kik and Google Hangouts” in an attempt to “persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.”

The Department of Justice noted, “In June 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.”

During those conversations, Griffin said a “woman is a woman regardless of her age” and insisted that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men.

The victim’s mother, Heather Carriker from Henderson, Nevada, was arrested and charged in August 2020. It is unknown where her case stands currently.

CNN told Mediaite at the time of Griffin’s arrest, “We take the charges against Mr. Griffin incredibly seriously… We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation.”

Griffin was subsequently fired by CNN.

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