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Former CNN producer John Griffin had marital problems before his arrest on suspicion of child trafficking


EXCLUSIVE: Former CNN producer John Griffin had been having marital issues with his wife for months before the FBI arrested him in Connecticut for sex crimes last Friday, sources told Fox News Digital.

United States Marshals filed him in Vermont on charges of sex trafficking which could put him behind bars for life, according to United States Marshals in Connecticut.

But back home, the 44-year-old had already left the $ 4 million home he shared with his wife Allyson Griffin and their three children, according to a man who serviced their Chris-Craft Commander yacht. 44 feet, named Eleanor. after the woman’s middle name. He said Griffin told him he started renting an apartment and the two were separated.

“In the summer, he said his wife was not allowed to use the boat,” the marina worker told Fox News Digital on Tuesday. “We had to lock it down. Then he came back in July and said, it’s okay, she can use it again.”

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Another marina employee said the couple appeared to be trying to mend their marriage and had at least once taken the family boat out later in the summer.

Allyson Griffin, sporting a strained expression, paced outside her 5,133 square foot home Tuesday afternoon, smoking four days after her husband was locked up for allegedly abusing minors – including a 9-year-old girl. She spoke frantically on the phone and at one point buried her face in her hand.

Earlier today, she sent a nanny to Rowayton hardware store to buy her a bundle of Parliaments, an employee said.

Former CNN producer John Griffin had marital problems before his arrest on suspicion of child trafficking

Allyson Griffin took refuge in his sprawling Norfolk home on Tuesday.
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A guard who was guarding the entrance to the exclusive Wilson Point enclave overlooking the Long Island Strait said she was distraught Tuesday morning and told them not to let any media pass through the front door.

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The construction worker said he didn’t particularly like the husband, who could be brutal. “I don’t like the guy,” he said. “He just rubbed me the wrong way.

Former CNN producer John Griffin had marital problems before his arrest on suspicion of child trafficking

Allyson Griffin, wife of former CNN producer John Griffin.
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Rowayton Market workers recognized Allyson Griffin as a regular customer, and a manager at Sails American Grill said the couple ate there regularly, but had not been in months.

A neighbor at the Griffins’ former Norwalk address told Fox News Digital that Griffin’s arrest had stunned him.

The Griffins moved in 2017 and were “very well connected and were part of every local board,” she said. There was a constant flow of people entering and leaving their homes, including nannies and housekeepers. She went there once for a drink and said they looked “perfectly normal”.

Former CNN producer John Griffin had marital problems before his arrest on suspicion of child trafficking

Griffin’s sprawling home in the exclusive gated community of Wilson Point in Norwalk, Connecticut.
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The couple also owned a home in a Vermont ski town where John Griffin allegedly lured mothers and their underage daughters to messaging apps and “fetish-oriented” dating site Alt.com, according to a federal indictment.

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Griffin, a longtime producer and friend of former CNN ousted reporter Chris Cuomo, reportedly said “repeatedly” last year that “a woman is a woman regardless of her age,” prosecutors said.

Former CNN producer John Griffin had marital problems before his arrest on suspicion of child trafficking

Allyson Griffin on the phone Tuesday at her home in Norwalk, Connecticut.
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Last year, the couple used a limited liability company to purchase the ski chalet in Ludlow, Vermont.

Between April and July 2020, John Griffin would then have invited three women and their underage daughters to “for purposes of sexual training”, according to the indictment.

A woman allegedly made the trip on July 15 – with her 9-year-old daughter, court documents show.

Former CNN producer John Griffin had marital problems before his arrest on suspicion of child trafficking

CNN Senior Producer John Griffin was indicted by a Vermont grand jury on Friday “with three counts of using an interstate commerce facility to attempt to entice minors into sexual activity. illegal ”.
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In that case, he would have paid more than $ 3,300 to transport them from Nevada to Boston – then picked them up at the airport in a red Tesla Model X and brought them home, according to the indictment.

“The child was ordered to indulge and engaged in illegal sexual activity,” says the indictment.

Griffin began contacting the woman on June 14, according to the indictment. Just before that, on June 12 and 13, he reportedly contacted the mother of a 16-year-old girl.

He allegedly invited them to take “a little mother-daughter trip” to the Ludlow house “for sexual training,” according to the indictment.

The first communications came between April 7 and April 13, a month and a half after he “bought” the Vermont house, according to the indictment – and shortly after the official outbreak of the COVID-19.

Former CNN producer John Griffin had marital problems before his arrest on suspicion of child trafficking

CNN fired lead producer John Griffin on Monday.
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He reportedly offered an online video “training” session involving a woman and her 14-year-old daughter.

Griffin faces three counts of child sex trafficking. Prosecutors are asking for the forfeiture of the Vermont house, its interest in the LLC that owns it, the Model X, electronics and a 2019 Mercedes Benz GTA.

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The FBI arrested him on Friday in Stamford, Connecticut, 17 months after allegedly picking up the 9-year-old girl and her mother from Logan Airport in Boston. CNN called the accusations “disturbing” and fired him on Tuesday.

Griffin’s attorney, David Kirby, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.

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