Fired CNN producer John Griffin allegedly led a perverted double life in recent months involving the “adoptive” mother of a 9-year-old girl in Henderson, Nevada, who was part of a sordid BDSM ring that included the child, according to court and police documents.
Heather Carriker, 48, of Henderson, was arrested on August 21, 2020, on 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.
Former Chris Cuomo producer Griffin is accused of flying Carriker and a 9-year-old girl described as her adoptive daughter to Logan Airport in Boston in July 2020 and then driving them in his red Tesla to a $2.5 million ski house in Ludlow, VT, according to a federal indictment filed in Vermont last week.
Carriker was one of several women claiming to be the mother of a young daughter whom Griffin contacted on kink websites about training the girls in “sexual subservience.” He allegedly paid Carriker $3,350, in part for the flight to Boston.
Griffin’s apparent involvement with Carriker came to light as part of a police investigation in Nevada spurred by the child’s biological mother, Catherine O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan, who apparently took care of her daughter some of the time, discovered a trove of disgusting text messages between Carriker and a man, called “Meet Man,” who helped set Carriker up with at least four other “boyfriends” for BDSM activity, according to the police report.
At one point Carriker allegedly references going to meet a man described as her “Dom.” Carriker also texted “Meet Man” that she had a “very eager 9yo” referring to the girl who she later took with her to meet Griffin in Vermont, who wanted to come see “Meet Man” engage in BDSM activities, the report stated.
O’Sullivan had no idea that Carriker had allegedly taken the child to Boston and Vermont to stay with Griffin until she stumbled across the information in Carriker’s phone and computer — which were accessible via the 9-year-old’s phone, according to the report. O’Sullivan then called Griffin who apparently confirmed that Carriker and the girl were with him, the report stated.
Griffin also allegedly told O’Sullivan that Carriker had had some sort of accident in Boston and was hospitalized, and the child was alone with him in Vermont, the report said.
“John claimed nothing happened between him and (the girl),” the report said. “He told Catherine he did not want to talk to police but would if he had to.”
However, the girl told a police-affiliated social worker that she had taken part in explicit sexual activity at Griffin’s Ludlow home with both Griffin and Carriker, according to the police report. She said it all took place on the third floor of the $2.5 million ski house, the report said.
Carriker was not reachable for comment Thursday. Griffin was fired by CNN Monday and transferred to Vermont this week where is he awaiting arraignment. His arraignment was initially reported to be scheduled for Dec. 15 but the DOJ spokesman in Vermont told The Post that information was inaccurate and he did not yet know the date of the arraignment and did not say where in Vermont Griffin is being held in custody.
Retired FBI Special Agent Arnold Bell, who spent 12 years running a violent crimes bureau in Los Angeles that involved busting child porn rings, said that “predators” who get close to kids or even pose as their parents to engage them in sexual activity or swap and sell them out to others is “not at all uncommon.”
Bell said his team often monitored chat rooms and websites like alt.com, the BDSM site Griffin allegedly used to contact women with kids.
“These people are monsters and the worst people in the world,” Bell told The Post. “A lot of them like to swap their kids as well. Usually we get male suspects but there are women as well.”
Griffin could face 10 years to life in prison on each of the three counts he is charged with, according to prosecutors.