There was a 17-month delay between an execution of a search warrant and an arrest!
An FBI Whistleblower blasts delay of arrest of CNN Producer John Griffin which took 17 months from execution of a search warrant to the actual arrest.
The search warrant had secured devices in Vermont in relation to child trafficking charges.
And the Whistleblower said that Feds ‘don’t give a damn about these kinds of cases.’
The former FBI agent turned whistleblower has been taking the FBI to task for years.
‘He obviously is a sexual predator and has gone from grooming children into actually “capturing” them,’ said Jane Turner, a former FBI Special Agent.
She is the agent who blew the whistle on the FBI’s mishandling of child sex crimes cases in North Dakota’s Native American reservations.
‘Very, very dangerous offender.’
The evidence against Griffin allegedly includes drone video he took showing a ‘completely naked 9-year-old’ girl standing next to him in his underwear, according to the court filings.
‘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.
Turner has long been critical of the FBI’s handling of child trafficking cases.
In one instance that came up in her whistleblowing case, she forced investigators to reopen the case against a suspected child rapist after the 2-year-old victim’s injuries sustained during a sexual assault were mislabelled as stemming from a ‘motor vehicle accident,’ according to her attorneys.
The suspect went on to plead guilty.
SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATED
These allegations against Griffin were serious enough in her view that they should have been immediately investigated by a crack team of agents.
‘He has an horrific hatred of women,’ Turner told Fox News Digital.
‘I would like to know his background.
‘He is an incredibly dangerous offender.’
Griffin, a high-profile and longtime producer at CNN, exhibits some telltale signs found in child sex predators, according to John Kelly, a veteran criminal profiler and psychoanalyst.
‘These are all allegations,’ he told Fox News Digital on Monday: ‘But he looks like he’s got his head in the noose.’
The suspected child abuser, through the nature of his job as a TV Producer, is used to being in control, Kelly said.
And he has an eye for imagery.
‘TEMPTING FOR THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING’
‘The forbidden can be so tempting for the man who has everything,’ Kelly said.
Griffin also has a lot of money, and, at 44 years old, Kelly said his sexual fetishes likely formed years ago and may be a form of addiction.
‘They don’t get started at that age… they get started much, much younger,’ he said, adding that he wouldn’t be surprised if more victims were to come forward with stories predating the Vermont horrors.
‘All the more reason to dig into the investigation earlier,’ Turner added.
‘As Roy Hazelwood taught profilers at Quantico, where you find one, there are many more: Kick open the door,’ she said, referring to the late FBI profiler who also served as a consultant for ‘Silence of the Lambs.’
‘They should have kicked this up to the “A-Team,” put a lot of time and resources on it, but as we all know, anything to do with kids and sex holds a yuck factor for a lot of agents and their supervisors,’ Turner said.
The yuck factor is evident in the graphic federal criminal complaint against Griffin, who the FBI arrested last month.
That’s roughly a year and a half after the court records show that investigators seized a number of his devices and drives in connection with the Nevada case against the child victim’s adoptive mother.
He allegedly paid the woman more than $3,000 to fly to his multimillion-dollar Vermont vacation home for a week of sex crimes that involved her 9-year-old adopted daughter.
‘I can’t think of any legitimate reason for the delay in arresting Griffin, especially when the adoptive mother was arrested in August 202,’ said Neama Rahmani, a former Federal prosecutor who has been following the case.
‘Even if he were cooperating, it would usually be post-arrest and indictment.’
Fox News is not using the woman’s name to avoid exposing the child victim’s identity.
‘The bottom line is they [the FBI] really don’t give a damn about these kind of cases,’ Turner said, along with sharing a laundry list of possible excuses for the delay that included building up the case against other possible suspects, uncooperative witnesses and crime lab backings.
But the FBI didn’t make excuses at all, instead cited the Justice Department’s policy regarding commenting on ongoing investigations.
A spokesperson for the Vermont US Attorney’s Office also declined to comment.
The Nevada case blew open when the victim’s biological mother uncovered disturbing conversations on her daughter’s cellphone.
She learned that the adoptive mom ‘had gone out to Vermont to visit a [man] named John Griffin who she met on an online porn/sex page.’
The criminal complaint filed against the Nevada woman on 25th August 2020, in Henderson Justice Court, details the allegations.
They say the woman allegedly flew the 9-year-old adopted victim from Nevada to Boston, Massachusetts, where prosecutors said Griffin picked them up in a Tesla and drove them to his $2 million vacation house in a Vermont ski town, according to the federal document.
After the woman’s arrest in August 2020, federal investigators seized ‘computers storage media, devices, phones, cameras, MicroSD cards, images and video’ from Griffin on 2nd September 2020, according to court documents.
CNN FIRED FORMER CHRIS CUOMO PRODUCER AFTER HIS ARREST
‘Prior to his arrest and indictment, we had no knowledge about the case,’ a CNN spokesperson told Fox News Digital.
The media outlet also said no CNN-owned devices issued to Griffin were missing or were reported lost in September 2020, when investigators said they seized his electronics.
Between April and July 2020, Griffin allegedly invited three women and their underage daughters over ‘for the purposes of sexual training,’ according to the federal indictment.
Only the Nevada woman took him up on his offer, according to prosecutors.
Griffin faces a count of child sex trafficking and two counts of attempted child sex trafficking.
If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
He is being held without bail in Vermont, and he has pleaded not guilty.
Griffin’s attorney David Kirby declined to comment for the article.
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