Whistleblower Rebukes FBI for Waiting 17 Months to Arrest CNN Producer on Child Trafficking Charges
A former FBI special agent who blew the whistle on the bureau for its mishandling of child sex crime cases in North Dakota’s Native American reservations, Jane Turner, said the 17-month delay between a search warrant and the arrest of a longtime CNN producer shows that feds “don’t give a damn about these kinds of cases.”
“He obviously is a sexual predator, and has gone from grooming children into actually ‘capturing’ them,” Turner said of John Griffin, who CNN fired after his arrest. “Very, very dangerous offender.”
According to court documents, the evidence against Griffin allegedly includes video footage he filmed with a drone showing a “naked 9-year-old girl” standing next to him in his underwear.”
“When confronted with this video during an interview by FBI agents, Griffin’s first response was merely to suggest he was not looking at the naked girl, despite that she was standing so close to him to be touching,” the prosecutor’s pretrial detention memo reads.
Griffin allegedly paid a Nevada woman more than $3,000 to bring her 9-year-old adopted daughter to his multimillion-dollar Vermont vacation home so that he could sexually abuse her.
“I can’t think of any legitimate reason for the delay in arresting Griffin, especially when the adoptive mother was arrested in August 2020,” said Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor. “Even if he were cooperating, it would usually be post-arrest and indictment.”
Griffin was charged with one count of child sex trafficking and two counts of attempted child sex trafficking. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
“The bottom line is [FBI agents] really don’t give a damn about these kind of cases,” Turner said.
Last month, authorities confirmed that a second former CNN producer was under investigation for “serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims.”