Officials confirmed that a grand jury in Vermont indicted 44-year-old John Griffin for attempting to rape various underage girls. He appeared in New Haven federal court via Zoom before Judge Robert Spector who said he would file an order requesting his transfer to Connecticut.
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The indictment comes just days after CNN host Chris Cuomo was fired from his job after evidence emerged that he sexually assaulted female employees.
“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 Department of Justice said in a statement.
The DOJ added:
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.
Griffin began working with CNN in 2013, working on the show ‘New Day’ when Chris Cuomo was its host.
Mediaite.com reports: The indictment said he “attempted to entice two other children over the internet to engage in sexual activity.”
“We take the charges against Mr. Griffin incredibly seriously,” a CNN spokesperson said on Friday. “We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation.”
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