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The 9-year-old girl from Nevada whose adoptive mother allegedly took her to Vermont for a week of sexual abuse at the hands of longtime CNN producer John Griffin has been moved to a safe home in Connecticut, according to his lawyer.
“You can imagine how traumatic being subjected to something like this is, and especially for a child this age,” Joel Faxon, who represents the girl in a multi-million civil lawsuit, told Fox News Digital. dollars against Griffin. “She’s in a protected environment now, and thank goodness she’s here.”
In court records last week, he sought a pre-judgment appeal against Griffin in a lawsuit on behalf of the young girl, identified only as Jane Doe. Under Connecticut law, this would allow the plaintiff to secure assets before the case was resolved – locking in Griffin’s wealth in case something happened.
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“My main interest is in securing Griffin’s assets so he can’t afford to do this to another child,” said Faxon, a well-known civil lawyer in New York, Vermont and Connecticut. “I’ve been involved in sex trafficking a lot over the years, and they get more and more depraved over time.”
This is a unique feature of the Connecticut legal system.
“There is no mechanism in federal court to obtain a pre-judgment appeal,” Faxon explained. “You can only seize someone’s property after you have had a lawsuit or a disposition that’s made in a judgment. But we have a proceeding in Connecticut where we can get a foreclosure before judgment.”
To this end, he is asking for a seizure of $ 15 million on Griffin’s assets. However, he added, that does not mean that a possible judgment could not exceed that amount.
Griffin is awaiting trial on federal charges of child sex trafficking and attempted child sex trafficking.
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Between April and July 2020, Griffin reportedly invited three women and their underage daughters “for the purpose of sexual training,” according to the federal indictment. According to prosecutors, only the Nevada woman accepted his offer.
She faces state charges there, and although Griffin was mentioned by name in the criminal complaint against her in August 2020 and her devices were seized by the FBI a week later, it was not indicted only last month.
Griffin is said to have paid the woman over $ 3,000 to travel to Boston and then stay at her multi-million dollar Vermont vacation home for a week of sex crimes involving her adopted young daughter.
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Evidence against Griffin would include a drone video he took showing a “completely naked 9-year-old girl” standing next to him in her underwear, court documents show.
“When confronted with this video during an interview with FBI agents, Griffin’s first response was simply to suggest that he was not looking at the girl naked, despite the fact that she was standing so close to him to touch her, ”one reads in the prosecutor’s pre-trial detention note.
Fox News does not use the woman’s name to avoid exposing the identity of the child victim.
CNN quickly fired Griffin last month after learning of the charges.
“Prior to his arrest and charge, we had no knowledge of the case,” a CNN spokesperson told Fox News Digital. The outlet also said that no CNN-owned device issued to Griffin was seized when police served a search warrant on his electronic devices in September 2020.
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If found guilty, the former television producer could face life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in Vermont.
His lawyer, David Kirby, declined to comment on the civil lawsuit.
Fox News’s Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.