CNN Producer Charged for Alleged Sex Crimes Against Child, 9
CNN producer John Griffin was arrested and charged in connection with alleged sex crimes involving a 9-year-old girl.
Griffin was a CNN producer for about eight years until the network fired him last week following his arrest, calling his charges “deeply disturbing.”
According to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, Griffin was charged with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
Prosecutors said Griffin used Kik and Google Hangouts to contact purported parents of minor daughters and attempt “to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.”
In June of last year, Griffin allegedly told Heather Carriker, the mother of 9- and 13-year-old girls, that it was her “responsibility” to ensure her older daughter was “trained properly.”
Griffin later transferred $3,350 for travel expenses to Carriker to fly with her 9-year-old from Nevada to Boston the following month. The 44-year-old picked the pair up from the Logan Airport in his 2019 Red Tesla Model X and took them to his Ludlow, Vermont, ski house, “where the child was directed to engage in and did engage in illegal sexual activity.”
Carriker, 48, of Henderson, Nevada, is facing charges for her alleged role in the incident, according to ABC affiliate KTNV. Carriker is accused of engaging in sex acts with Griffin and a minor. She’s been charged with two counts of child abuse, two counts of sexual assault against a child under 14, and one count of lewdness with a minor under 14.
The indictment against Griffin also cites two similar separate incidents involving a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old.
If convicted, Griffin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.