A CNN employee indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges related to sexual abuse of minors was fired by the media company Monday.
John Griffin, a now-former producer for the CNN show New Day, was arrested Friday by the FBI after he was indicted on three counts of "using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity," according to the Department of Justice. Griffin allegedly used the messaging apps Kik and Google Hangouts to attempt to coerce women to let him teach their daughters how to be "sexually subservient" to men last year, claiming that a "woman is a woman regardless of her age."
CNN STAFFER INDICTED ON CHARGES OF ENTICING MINORS INTO 'UNLAWFUL SEXUAL ACTIVITY'
CNN shared a statement with the Washington Examiner on Monday saying Griffin, 44, had been fired. He had previously been suspended pending an investigation.
"The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply disturbing," a spokesperson for CNN said via email. "We learned of his arrest Friday afternoon and terminated his employment Monday."
Griffin allegedly paid $3,000 to a mother of a 13-year-old and a 9-year-old so the mother and younger child could fly to meet him in Boston from Nevada. The mother and daughter met him at the airport in July 2020 and were taken to his house in Ludlow, Vermont, where the daughter was "directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity," according to the DOJ.
Griffin also attempted to entice two girls, ages 14 and 16, over the internet to engage in sexual behavior with their mothers, according to the indictment.
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Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of his home in Ludlow, his Tesla, a Mercedes, and other property used in the alleged crimes. If convicted, he faces a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years for each charge, with the potential of life in prison. He appeared in court for the first time via Zoom Friday, in New Haven, Connecticut. No additional court date has been set.