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According to her attorney, the 9-year-old Nevada girl who was adopted by John Griffin, flew to Vermont to experience sex abuse from Griffin. She has since been relocated to Connecticut.
Joel Faxon, who represents the girl in a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit against Griffin, said that it is difficult to imagine how traumatizing this can be for children of her age. “She is now in an environment that protects her, and we thank God she is there.”
He filed court papers last week seeking a prejudgment relief against Griffin as part a lawsuit on behalf the girl, only identified under the pseudonym Jane Doe. It would allow the plaintiff to seize assets before the case is closed, tying up Griffin’s wealth in the event of an emergency.
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Faxon, an experienced civil trial attorney in New York and Connecticut, said that Griffin’s main concern is to protect Griffin’s assets. “I’ve been involved in a lot of sex-trafficking cases over the years and they get more and worse with time.”
It’s a unique characteristic of Connecticut’s legal system.
Faxon explained, “There is no mechanism in federal court to obtain a prejudgment remedy.” “You can’t attach someone else’s assets until there has been a trial, or disposition that has resulted in a judgment. We have a Connecticut procedure that allows us to obtain a prejudgment attachment.
Griffin’s assets will be subject to a $15 million attachment. He added that that does not mean an eventual judgement could not exceed $15 million.
Griffin is currently awaiting trial on federal child sex-trafficking and attempted child trafficking charges.
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According to the federal charges, Griffin invited three women and their daughters under the age of 18 over “for the purpose of sexual training.” Prosecutors claim that only the Nevada woman accepted Griffin’s invitation.
Griffin was named by name in the August 2020 criminal complaint against her and his devices were seized by FBI a few weeks later. However, she is facing state charges. Griffin was not charged until last month.
Griffin allegedly paid the woman $3,000 to fly to Boston, then to stay at his multimillion dollar Vermont vacation home for a week of sex that involved her young adopted child.
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According to court filings, Griffin’s evidence against Griffin includes drone video that he took of a naked 9-year old girl standing next to him in underwear.
“When Griffin was confronted by this video during an FBI agent interview, Griffin’s first response was to suggest that he wasn’t looking at the naked girl, despite the fact that she was standing so close for him to touch,” reads the pretrial detention memo.
Fox News will not use the woman’s name in order to conceal the identity of the child victims.
After learning of the charges, CNN fired Griffin immediately.
A spokesperson for CNN told Fox News Digital that they had no information about the case prior to Griffin’s arrest and indictment. According to the media outlet no Griffin-owned devices were taken by police when he was placed under arrest and indicted.
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The former TV producer could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted. He pleaded guilty and is currently being held without bail in Vermont.
David Kirby was his attorney and declined to comment on the civil lawsuit.
Fox News Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to the report.