The CNN producer accused of shocking sex crimes against minors once decried the growing number of news stories about child abuse.
John Griffin was charged by a grand jury in Vermont “with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.” Griffin is currently in custody and his arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m ET.
Griffin, a senior producer for CNN’s long-struggling morning program “New Day,” was taken into custody following a federal indictment accusing him of coercing parents to allow their minor daughters to engage in sexual activity in his home.
However, Griffin was once vocally disheartened by the growing instances of crimes against children that were being committed.
“Just did the math. We have, count ’em, FOUR stories about people abusing kids today. 3 up now. If we’re society’s mirror, you people suck,” Griffin tweeted in 2010.
Griffin was working at ABC News at the time as the lead home page editor, according to his LinkedIn profile. He later joined CNN in 2013.
The old tweet resurfaced over the weekend amid news of the federal indictment, which was mocked by critics.
The indictment, which was sealed when the arrest was first reported, provides lewd particulars of crimes allegedly committed by the CNN senior producer. The indictment includes various messages Griffin sent via Kik, Google Hangouts, and texts. Griffin stated he believes there is a “wanton whore” at “the core of any” female and that “a woman is a woman regardless of her age,” according to messages included in the indictment.
According to the indictment, Griffin sent text messages to a mother of two daughters, ages 9 and 13, which stated, “One of the big lies of this society is that women are delicate innocent angels and they are in actuality, naturally, the dirtiest sluts possible, in EVERY metric.”
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