Ex-CNN producer John Griffin pleads guilty to child molestation charge


BURLINGTON, Vermont — A former CNN television producer pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to using interstate commerce to induce and coerce a 9-year-old girl into engaging in sexual activity at her Vermont ski home.

As part of the plea agreement, the government will drop the two remaining counts of enticing a minor against John Griffin, 45, of Stamford, Connecticut.

According to the plea agreement, Griffin met a woman on a website in the summer of 2020 and persuaded the woman to bring her 9-year-old daughter to her ski home in Ludlow, Vermont, for illegal sexual activity. .

Griffin paid the woman and daughter to fly from Nevada to Boston, picked them up and drove them to her Vermont home where the girl said Griffin sexually assaulted her, court records show.

Griffin was arrested on December 10, 2021, a day after being indicted by a grand jury. He initially pleaded not guilty to three counts.

Griffin worked for CNN for about eight years but was fired after his arrest, the network announced last year.

He faces a sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison when sentenced on March 20, 2023. He will have to pay full restitution to the victims, an amount to be determined by the court. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000 and other costs and has agreed to confiscate a Tesla vehicle and electronics and donate half of the proceeds from the sale of his Vermont home and the upcoming sale of a Mercedes vehicle at the court office. .

He also faces a five-year to life sentence on probation, with conditions including that he participate in sex offender assessment and treatment and register as a sex offender. He also cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 18, except in the presence of a responsible adult who has been approved by a probation officer, and he is prohibited from being in areas where children congregate, such as schools, playgrounds and theme parks, unless approved in advance by the probation office.

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