A former CNN producer who is currently serving prison time for sexually grooming a 9-year-old child has now settled in a lawsuit against him brought on behalf of the child.

The producer, John Griffin, induced the child’s mother to bring the child to his home for $3,500 so that he could ‘sexually train’ her.

Griffin made the girl “to perform lewd sex acts on her adoptive mother as Griffin watched,” Fox reports. Additionally, “A drone that Griffin operated captured him in his underwear and the completely nude child standing next to him, according to a court filing.”

The victim, who was 9 years old at the time of the incident, has not been named due to victim’s rights laws but received $15 million in the settlement struck this week.

The girls mother is also facing child abuse and sexual assault charges due to her role in the incident, but her case is still ongoing.


Griffin’s wife filed for divorce after he was convicted in criminal court, where he was serving 19 years and will serve another 15 on supervised release.

During his supervised release, Griffin “cannot have contact with people under the age of 18, except in the presence of an adult who has been approved by a probation officer, and is prohibited from being in areas where children congregate, such as schools, playgrounds and theme parks, unless approved by the probation office beforehand.”

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