Following an FBI investigation, John Griffin, 44, of Stamford, Connecticut, faces three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
Griffin has worked at CNN for 8 years, the network confirmed Saturday. “The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply disturbing,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “We only learned of his arrest yesterday afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation.”
Griffin is accused of using online messaging services like Kik and Google Hangouts to talk to parents of young girls, saying, among other things, that young women should be trained to “be sexually subservient and inferior to men,” prosecutors wrote in a news release.
Griffin allegedly said he believed in “a way of life” in which women served men, according to court documents.
In June of 2020, Griffin advised a Nevada mother of two young daughters, ages 9 and 13, to come to Vermont, where he has a second home, so they could be “trained properly,” prosecutors said.
Griffin allegedly transferred $3,000 to the mother so she could buy plane tickets from Nevada to Boston for her and the 9-year-old girl. The mother and children flew to Boston and Griffin drove them from the airport to his Vermont home.
“At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity,” prosecutors said.
Griffin is also accused of proposing a “virtual training session” over video chat involving two minors.
Griffin faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count.