CNN Pedo Producer “Ashamed” After Arrest

( Shortly after CNN’s Chris Cuomo was terminated, his longtime producer John Griffin was arrested and charged with luring young girls to his Vermont home for “sexual subservience” training and sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl. And in the US Attorney’s motion for detention released ahead of Griffin’s arraignment this week, it was learned that, upon his arrest, he told authorities he was “ashamed.”

In his motion for detention, Nikolas Kerest, the US Attorney for the District of Vermont wrote that Griffin attempted to pay off witnesses, offer to pay a woman $30,000 to spend the weekend with her and her young daughter.

The motion lays out “substantial” evidence against Griffin and asks that he be held in jail without bail.

According to the filing, in 2020 Griffin sought out women identifying as “sexually submissive” and attempted to persuade them to let him “train” their underage daughters. Griffin told one of the mothers he contacted that he “had trained girls as young as seven.”

In July 2020, another woman with a 9-year-old daughter took him up on his offer and flew from Nevada to stay at Griffin’s Vermont home. According to authorities, while there, she and her daughter watched pornographic videos with Griffin featuring sexual acts with mothers and daughters.

Included in the evidence against Griffin is drone footage shot by Griffin showing him in his underwear standing beside the naked 9-year-old. When a relative of the mother and child later contacted Griffin, he sent the relative an apparent payoff of $4,000.

According to the court filing, Griffin told investigators that he was ashamed they knew his name at all.

In August 2021, Griffin’s attorney provided the US attorney with letters from Griffin’s wife, father, and four friends vouching for Griffin. According to the court filing, three of the four friends along with Griffin’s wife have subsequently withdrawn those letters. According to Kerest, one friend said he was “blatantly lied to” regarding the nature of the investigation when he agreed to write the letter.

John Griffin is charged with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity. If convicted, he faces anywhere from 10 years to life imprisonment.

Griffin’s arraignment was held on Wednesday, December 22 in Burlington, Vermont.