LUDLOW — A former CNN senior producer, arrested on federal expenses final week for luring a Nevada mom and youngster to Vermont to have intercourse with him, tried to make a attainable drunken driving cost in Windsor County go away final 12 months by providing cash to a different driver to not name State Police, courtroom data present.
John J. Griffin, 44, of Norwalk, Connecticut, was initially charged in October 2020 in Vermont Superior Court docket in White River Junction with driving whereas intoxicated, data present. They be aware he refused to undergo alcohol checks in reference to a two-car crash on Vermont 100 in Plymouth in Oct. 11, 2020.
Griffin was assessed $3,647 in fines and courtroom prices in April after Deputy State’s Legal professional Emily Zukauskas agreed to cut back the DUI cost to gross negligent operation, courtroom data present. Griffin additionally agreed to pay restitution, based on his signed plea settlement.
Vermont State Trooper Katrina Ducharme stated Griffin crashed into one other driver, Marta Grala, 34, of Northborough, Massachusetts.
“Grala said the operator had provided her money and a verify to not name the police,” Ducharme stated in her sworn affidavit.
Grala, 34, was touring south on Vermont 100 in her 2013 Toyota and slowed to show left, police stated. Griffin, who was following in a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado with non permanent Vermont registration plates, crossed the double yellow line and tried to go Grala when their autos collided close to South Finish Street, Ducharme reported.
Grala’s passenger, Simon Mardy, 33, of Rochdale, Massachusetts, had alerted the trooper he thought Griffin was extremely intoxicated after serving to Griffin along with his broken entrance bumper, the police report confirmed.
Ducharme, who’s an authorized drug recognition professional, stated Griffin smelled of intoxicants, his eyes had been watery and he claimed he had not had any drinks that evening. “Griffin was adamant he was not intoxicated,” she stated. He reported he was on his method again from Sushi Yoshi in Killington, courtroom data present.
Griffin carried out some Standardized Discipline Sobriety Exams (SFSTs), together with the Stroll and Flip Take a look at” throughout which he was unable to maintain his steadiness and he had hassle with the One-Leg Stand, she stated. Griffin refused a roadside breath take a look at, Ducharme stated.
He was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the state police barracks in Rutland for processing, courtroom data present. Griffin declined to talk to a lawyer and refused to offer a court-approved breath take a look at on the barracks, courtroom data present. He was finally launched to Grace Home in Rutland.
The Plymouth Fireplace Division assisted on the scene and each autos needed to be towed because of the harm.
Video captured the contact with State Police roadside and within the processing room on the barracks, courtroom data present. Ducharme stated Griffin was talkative, cooperative and well mannered.
Griffin, who had labored at CNN since April 2013 and was listed as a senior producer, was suspended by the community after they realized about his federal arrest. CNN stated it fired Griffin on Monday. He beforehand labored at ABC Information for 12 years and did about three years every with Fox Information and CBS Information.
Griffin was listed as a producer for Chris Cuomo on his former morning present and extra lately as a producer for CNN senior political analyst John Avlon.
Griffin was anticipated to be arraigned in U.S. District Court docket in Burlington this week, but it surely seems he is not going to be in courtroom in Vermont this week. He’s not on the federal courtroom schedule for any upcoming listening to.
He has been held on the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island, since shortly after his arrest in Connecticut final Friday, however a spokesman stated Thursday that Griffin had been transferred earlier within the day. It was unclear if he was headed on to Vermont.
Griffin, whom federal officers stated lives in Stamford, Connecticut, was named in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Burlington final week charging him with trying to entice minors to cross state strains to interact in illegal sexual exercise, data present.
There have been at the least two different tried luring instances in April and June 2020, the 10-page indictment stated.
The indictment seeks the forfeiture of the Ludlow seasonal residence, the Tesla, a 2018 Mercedes Benz, numerous computer systems, telephones, cameras and movies seized from the defendant on Sept. 2, 2020.
He appeared briefly in federal courtroom in New Haven, Connecticut, however didn’t enter a plea. The listening to was to tell him concerning the expenses towards him in Vermont and to see if he contested whether or not he was the individual named within the indictment. Griffin didn’t dispute he was the named defendant.
Federal Choose Robert M. Spector ordered Griffin despatched to Vermont for additional proceedings.
It was unclear why it took the FBI greater than a 12 months to arrest Griffin.
Henderson, Nevada, police, who’re a part of the investigation, arrested the mom on Aug. 21, 2020 on two counts of kid abuse, two counts of sexual assault with a minor youngster below age 14, and three counts of lewdness with a baby below the age of 14.
The Rutland Herald and Occasions Argus don’t establish the victims of sexual crimes and are withholding the mom’s identify to guard the id of the kid.
Ludlow Police additionally acquired info on the case, however punted it to the FBI, Chief Jeff Billings stated.
The indictment states between April and July 2020, Griffin utilized the messaging functions Kik and Google Hangouts to speak with individuals purporting to be mother and father of minor daughters, conveying to them, amongst different concepts, that “when dealt with appropriately, a lady is a lady no matter her age.”
One of many three counts within the federal indictment stated Griffin was profitable in luring a mom and youngster to Vermont. Griffin reportedly suggested a mom of two daughters, ages 9 and 13, between June and July 2020 that the mom’s accountability was to see that her older daughter was “skilled correctly,” the indictment stated. Griffin later transferred about $3,350 to the mom for aircraft tickets so the mom and her 9-year-old daughter may fly from Nevada to Boston’s Logan airport.
The mom and youngster flew to Boston in July 2020. He drove his 2019 crimson Tesla from his seasonal residence in Ludlow to Boston and introduced them again to the Ludlow home. On the Windsor County residence, the daughter was directed to interact in, and did have interaction in, illegal sexual exercise, the indictment stated.
The slope-side residence had been purchased at 126 Grouse Lane on Okemo Mountain for $1,799,000 on Feb. 21, 2020, by Griff Skis LLC, Ludlow City data present. John and Allyson Griffin of Norwalk, Connecticut, management Griff Skis, state data present.