After initially pleading 'not guilty' to charges of enticement of a minor and child sexual assault in 2021, senior CNN producer John Griffin (axed by the company after his arrest) has been sentenced to 19 years in prison as well as 15 years of post-confinement supervision in a case that has only magnified the array of problems and scandals revolving around the far-left network.
Griffin used online chat rooms to lure a mother with the promise of cash to bring her 9-year-old daughter to his ski-home in Vermont, where he sexually assaulted the child. He was also charged with at least three other counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
A 10-page indictment issued by a grand jury alleges that Griffin frequently used Kik, a messaging application, and Google Hangouts to lure women with young daughters to meet him at the Vermont ski house he had bought with his wife to provide “sexual training” on how to be “submissive” to men. Griffin boasted during internet chats that he had trained girls as young as 7 years old, federal authorities said.
The child’s adoptive mother (stepmother) who brought the girl from their Nevada home to visit Griffin pleaded guilty to attempted lewdness with a child under the age of 14, attempted sexual assault and child abuse. The woman was sentenced in April to 8-20 years in prison on each count in Nevada, court records show. The woman is also required to register as a sex offender and have lifetime supervision, court records show. The stepmother's name was withheld to protect the identity of the child.
Griffin plead guilty in December to one count of a three-count indictment. As part of a plea deal, the government dropped two remaining counts of enticement of a minor against Griffin, then 45 years old.
Griffin was employed by CNN for 8 years and boasted that he worked “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Chris Cuomo – The lead anchor that CNN ousted in 2021. It was exposed that Chris aided his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, using his connections at CNN (including Jeff Zucker) to help his brother's legal team after Andrew had been accused of sexual harassment.
Beyond the organization's dismal audience numbers, the arrest of John Griffin along with the numerous other disasters at CNN in recent years are likely the impetus for the recent shake-up at the network by Discovery CEO David Zaslav. CNN has pursued layoffs of at least 400 employees along with the firing of CEO Chris Licht, the firing of Don Lemon and the canceling of a host of shows including Brian Stelter's 'Reliable Sources.'