(CMR) A CNN employee who worked closely with Chris Cuomo has been arrested and charged with child abuse for allegedly enticing moms and their daughters to engage in what is being referred to as “sexual training.”
John Griffin, a senior producer for CNN's flagship morning program “New Day,” was reportedly arrested on Friday by the FBI after being charged by a grand jury in Vermont “with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.”
Griffin has reportedly been suspended by CNN following the charges.
“According to the indictment, from April to July of 2020, Griffin utilized the messaging applications Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with people purporting to be parents of minor daughters, conveying to them, among other ideas, that a ‘woman is a woman regardless of her age,’ and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men,” the U.S. Attorney's Office in Vermont stated.
“On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive. In June of 2020, Griffin advised a mother of 9- and 13-year-old daughters that the mother’s responsibility was to see that her older daughter was ‘trained properly.’”
“Griffin later transferred over $3,000 to the mother for plane tickets so the mother and her 9-year-old daughter could fly from Nevada to Boston’s Logan airport. The mother and child flew to Boston in July of 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow house. At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity,” the statement read.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Griffin “attempted to entice two other children over the internet to engage in sexual activity.” In April 2020, he “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.”
He also allegedly “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” in June 2020.
Cuomo had suspended following the damning revelations from the New York Attorney General's investigation into his brother.