A 9-year-old girl was lured and forced into having sex at a former CNN television producer’s Vermont ski house using interstate commerce, according to a plea agreement entered into on Monday in federal court.
The two remaining counts of enticing of a minor against John Griffin, 45, of Stamford, Connecticut, will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
The plea agreement claims that Griffin met a lady online in the summer of 2020 and convinced her to bring her 9-year-old daughter to his ski house in Ludlow, Vermont, for illicit sex.
Griffin arranged for the girl and the mother to fly from Nevada to Boston, picked them up, and then took them to his Vermont house, where the girl said Griffin had sexually assaulted her, cour records show.
On December 10, 2021, Griffin was taken into custody after being indicted by a grand jury. He first entered a not guilty plea to all three charges.
After approximately eight years of employment with CNN, Griffin was let go after being detained, the network reported last year.
When he is sentenced on March 20, 2023, he could receive a minimum of 10 years in jail and a maximum of life. He must provide the victims with full reparation, the amount of which will be decided by the court. Furthermore, he agreed to surrender a Tesla car, electronic devices, and half of the proceeds from the sale of his Vermont house in addition to paying a fine of up to $250,000 and other expenses.
Additionally, he might receive a sentence of five years to life on supervised release, subject to requirements such as attending a sex offender examination and treatment and registering as a sex offender. He is also forbidden from being in places where children congregate, such as schools, playgrounds, and theme parks, unless prior approval from the probation office has been granted. He is also not permitted to have contact with anyone under the age of 18, save when accompanied by an adult who has been approved by a probation officer.