(USNewsBreak.com) – A former CNN producer has been sentenced to a long stretch in prison after being convicted on horrifying child abuse charges. John Griffin worked for the ultra-liberal network right up to his 2021 arrest — but, at the same time, he was molesting a preteen girl.
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On June 20 Griffin, 46, was sentenced to 19 years in prison and an additional 15 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to abusing a nine-year-old girl at his Vermont ski house. Griffin entered his guilty plea in December, admitting that he had used interstate commerce to entice the girl into sexual activity with him. As part of the plea deal prosecutors agreed to drop two more counts of enticement.
The bare facts of the case are bad enough, but the details are appalling. Griffin admitted that he met a woman through a website in summer 2020 and persuaded her to bring her daughter from their home in Nevada to Vermont for “sex training” sessions. Griffin paid for the pair to fly to Boston, then collected them and drove them to his house — where he assaulted the girl. The girl’s mother, Heather Carriker, has also been charged with child abuse and sexual assault.
Griffin was finally arrested in December 2021, whereupon CNN immediately fired him. He initially pleaded not guilty but changed his mind last December and admitted the offense. At the sentencing hearing, his lawyer argued for a less severe sentence, claiming Griffin had been struggling with drug addiction, but in the end the judge decided his horrific crimes deserved proper punishment.
As well as the prison sentence, the Vermont District Court judge added other conditions. Griffin is now banned from any contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless they’re accompanied by another adult approved by his probation officer. He’s also banned from being in any place where children congregate without probation office permission.
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