Authorities have arrested John Griffin, 44, a CNN producer who worked alongside former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Griffin allegedly attempted to lure parents into bringing their underage daughters to his Vermont cabin for sex acts.
Griffin reportedly called what he was doing “sexual subservience” training. According to the U.S. Attorney of Vermont, he convinced one mother to bring her 13-year-old daughter to his private mountain getaway in June 2020.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont claims that this wasn’t his first attempt to engage in unlawful sexual activity:
A “Little Mother-Daughter Trip”
The indictment also includes specific allegations that Griffin attempted to entice two other children over the internet to engage in sexual activity. In April of 2020, Griffin proposed to engage in a “virtual training session” over a video chat that would include him instructing the mother and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothing and touch each other at his direction. In 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.
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an indictment contains allegations only and that Griffin remains presumed innocent until and unless he is convicted of a crime. On each count, Griffin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The indictment includes a notice that states the federal government intends to seek the forfeiture of Griffin’s Ludlow house, his Tesla, a Mercedes, and other property that was used in the commission of the charged offenses.
Griffin worked as the lead anchor’s senior producer on CNN’s morning program “New Day.” Cuomo was the lead anchor for five years before moving to prime time. Griffin boasted on his LinkedIn profile about working “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Cuomo during that time and “seeing him through each show.”
Before his employment at CNN, Griffin had worked for ABC News, Fox News Channel and CBS News.