News and Tribune

September 26, 2013

Jeffersonville man charged with child solicitation — WITH VIDEO

Mother of accused says her son has learning disabilities

By KATIE BAUER
News partner WAVE 3 News

JEFFERSONVILLE — An accused child predator is in jail and investigators say the victim in this case was just 12 years old.

Police say 25-year-old Christopher Griffin, Louisville, solicited sex from a young girl in Jeffersonville online.

“I think parents now need to be very alert to what their children are doing on the Internet,” said Jeremy Mull, Clark County Deputy Prosecutor, told news partner WAVE 3 News.

Fortunately in this case, Mull says a Jeffersonville father was ready to listen when his 12-year-old daughter told him a man inappropriately reached out to her on Facebook.

“During the course of his conversation with her he did make sexual solicitations with her asking her to perform sexual acts with him, asking her to send pictures of himself, sexually explicit pictures of herself to him,” said Mull.

Court documents show the victim’s father immediately took over the keyboard and continued communications with Griffin.

“He was aware that she was 12 years old and regardless of this, in spite of this, he proceeded with attempts to establish a relationship with her,” said Mull.

The father called police and by Wednesday an arrest warrant was out for Griffin. Court documents show Griffin admitted to police he was behind the online messages.

He lives with his mother, Laura Griffin, who says she had no idea this was going on and feels as if she’s failed.     

“He’s a 25 year old with learning disabilities, functionally and mentally delayed,” said Griffin. “How this happened, I don’t know.”

Griffin says her son doesn’t function like a normal 25 year old. She hopes he is able to learn from this situation.

“He’s only got the mind of like a 5 year old. He doesn’t really understand right from wrong, but he knows he did wrong.”

Griffin turned himself into police on Wednesday and is charged child solicitation, a class C felony. He is being held at the Clark County Jail.

Court documents show the computer in this case was in the living room, which experts suggest, so parents can keep an eye on young children when they are online. They also encourage parents not to be afraid to ask what their children are doing and who they are talking to.