Former CNN Producer Sentenced to Almost 20 Years

John Griffin sexually assaulted 9-year-old girl
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2023 5:57 PM CDT
Ex-CNN Producer Sentenced on Child Sex Charge
This photo provided by the Vermont State Police shows John Griffin.   (Vermont State Police via AP, File)

A former CNN television producer who had pleaded guilty to luring a 9-year-old girl into illegal sexual acts was sentenced Tuesday to more than 19 years in prison and an additional 15 years of supervised release during a US District Court hearing in Vermont. John Griffin of Stamford, Connecticut, 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. As part of the 2022 plea deal, the government dropped two remaining counts of enticement of a minor against Griffin, then 45 years old.

According to the plea deal, Griffin met a woman on a website during the summer of 2020 and persuaded the woman to bring her daughter to his Ludlow, Vermont, ski home for sexual activity, the AP reports. Griffin paid the woman and girl to fly from Nevada to Boston, picked them up and drove them to his Vermont home where the girl said Griffin sexually assaulted her, court records say.

Griffin was arrested on Dec. 10, 2021, a day after he was indicted by a grand jury. He worked for CNN for about eight years but was fired after he was arrested, according to the network. When he gets out of prison, he will be banned from having contact with people under 18, except in the presence of an adult who has been approved by a probation officer.

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