Pedophile CNN Producer Boasted about Grooming Kids, Tried to Bribe Witnesses
Sick details of Chris Cuomo's long-time producer emerge
Horrific new details have surfaced from a court filing relating to the case of pedophile CNN producer John Griffin.
The documents include allegations that Griffin tried to bribe witnesses, stood in his underwear next to a naked nine-year-old girl, and offered $30,000 for a mother-daughter weekend with him.
Chris Cuomo's long-time producer was arrested earlier in December after being indicted by a federal grand jury for using a facility of interstate commerce to entice children into sexual activity.
A motion was filed by U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Nikolas Kerest to keep Griffin in jail pending trial.
The filed motion laid out the evidence against Griffin after his lawyer, David Kirby, signaled his intention to file a motion for a pre-trial release.
According to the indictment, Griffin used messaging apps Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with parents of young daughters and tell them things like a "woman is a woman regardless of her age" and underage girls are "the dirtiest sl*ts possible."
According to Federal state prosecutors, Griffin sought to convince parents to allow their daughters to be groomed into being sexually submissive.
He later bragged about grooming girls as young as seven years old.
Griffin also offered virtual training, where he "planned to instruct the 14-year-old and her mother to remove their clothing and touch each other" on a webcam.
He also told them that in-person sessions would include "spanking" and "c**k worship."
Griffin was also quoted calling a young girl "just another piece of s*** wh***" in an online conversation with her mother.
In February last year, Griffin offered a woman $30,000 for a "mother-daughter weekend or week with me."
He also stressed that although he did not want intercourse with the daughter, "of course," he expected there to be "SEXUALITY involved."
Giffin later offered another woman $5,000 in exchange for having sex with him while her children were present, the motion states.
In July 2020, a woman and her nine-year-old daughter traveled to meet Griffin and drove to his $1.8million ski home in Ludlow, Vermont.
Griffin paid the woman $3,300 to cover her travel expenses, the indictment alleged.
"At the house, [the child] was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity," federal prosecutors said.
After a subsequent criminal investigation, it was found Griffin and the woman engaged in BDSM, and the child was forced to take part.
Kerest wrote in his motion that Griffin viewed "web pages featuring pornographic videos about sex with mothers and daughters" while the mother and daughter were staying with him.
Drone footage was also obtained by Federal prosecutors showing "the completely naked nine-year-old girl, standing immediately next to Griffin in his underwear."
Griffin responded to he video by suggesting "he was not looking at the naked girl, despite that she was standing so close to him to be touching."
The girl later accused Griffin of sexually assaulting her, saying he called her a "little s***," "little wh***," and "little b****."
The relative replied that while the mother was "too pilled out to remember, little one do [sic]," and added: "U lmk if ur feeling helpful within the hour or so."
A short time later, Griffin sent the relative $4,000 through Venmo.
"This apparent pay-off of a potential witness is not only further evidence of wrong-doing, it is an independent reason for Griffin’s detention," the prosecutor wrote.
The mother was arrested in August 2020 on two counts of child abuse, two counts of sexual assault against a child under 14, and one count of lewdness with a minor under 14.
The federal prosecutor pushed his case to keep Griffin behind bars by citing an unrelated incident from October 2020 where the CNN producer tried to pay off the driver of a car he had crashed into.
He also noted that four have now been withdrawn out of the six letters from his friends vouching for his character, one of them being his wife.
"One friend explained that he was 'blatantly lied to' about the nature of the investigation when he agreed to write on Griffin’s behalf," the motion stated.
"That Griffin employed false pretenses to obtain a letter of support undermines any argument that Griffin’s character is sound.
"Such tactics indicate an unusual degree of desperation not to be held accountable."
Kerest also noted Griffin was arrested on December 10 where he told FBI agents, unprompted: "without incriminating myself, I just want to let you guys know that I’m ashamed you even know my name at all."
The disgraced CNN producer added:
"In the time I’m with you guys, in the event I do anything inappropriate, I just want you to know that I’d feel the same way you guys would if I were in your situation. Thank you."
Giffin faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison if convicted and faces life imprisonment for each count.
CNN suspended Griffin while waiting for the conclusion of the investigation but later moved to fire him.
"The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply disturbing. We learned of his arrest Friday afternoon and terminated his employment Monday," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement.