A former CNN producer was accused of child sex abuse and pleaded guilty in December to “using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.”
John Griffin, 46, was sentenced to 19 years in prison and 15 years supervised release at a U.S. District Court hearing in Vermont on Tuesday.
Griffin told Judge William K. Sessions III that he acted without considering any consequences because “people were no longer people, they became screen names” when he would meet them online, according to Vtdigger reports.
The young girl who Griffin admitted to sexually abusing back in 2020 took part in the hearing on Tuesday, alongside her grandmother via video. Her grandmother expressed her anger towards Griffin – “the child that you raped was my granddaughter. You forever ruined a 9-year-old girl.”
‘Jane Doe’ courageously spoke up, saying she has difficulty trusting people because of this violation. “I’ll never trust anyone again.” she said. The judge praised the girl for her courage in addressing the court stating: “You are a very courageous and smart and accomplished person.”
Griffin’s Indictment stated he transferred more than $3,000 to a mother for her to fly from Nevada to Boston with her 9 and 13-year old daughters. Griffin met the mother on a dating site affiliated with sexual kink, ordering her to make sure that the 13-year-old is “trained properly.” The next month, the woman and her 9-year-old daughter flew to Boston where he picked them up and drove them to his residence in Ludlow.
According to prosecutors, “at that house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity.”
The girl’s mother, Heather Carriker, faces child abuse and child sexual assault charges, although there have been no updates on her case.