A former CNN producer has pleaded guilty to charges related to sexual activity with a 9-year-old at his Vermont ski house.
John Griffin, 45, of Stamford, Connecticut pleaded guilty to using interstate commerce to entice and coerce the girl to engage in sexual activity.
As part of his plea deal, the federal government is dropping the two remaining counts of enticement of a minor, according to AP News.
The plea deal states Griffin met a woman on a website over the summer of 2020 and persuaded the woman to bring her daughter to his home in Ludlow, Vermont.
He paid for the two to fly from Nevada to Boston and drove them from the airport to his home where the girl said he sexually assaulted her.
On December 9, 2021, he was indicted by a grand jury and arrested the following day.
Griffin originally plead not guilty to all three charges and was fired by CNN, where he worked for about 8 years, following his arrest.
“He faces a possible sentence of at least 10 years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on March 20, 2023,” AP news reports.
“He must pay full restitution to the victims, an amount which will be determined by the court. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000 and other fees and has agreed to forfeit a Tesla vehicle, and electronic items and to donate half of the proceeds from the sale of his Vermont home and the upcoming sale of a Mercedes vehicle into the court registry.”
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