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Feds seized devices from longtime CNN producer accused of sex crimes a year before arrest

The longtime CNN producer, who was arrested last week for allegedly inducing young girls to have sex, has been on the radar since at least September 2020, according to court documents.

Authorities seized computers, telephones, cameras and other devices from John Griffin last fall, according to one document.

That same month, Nevada law enforcement arrested Griffin’s alleged accomplice, according to another court transcript obtained by The Epoch Times.

The woman, Heather Carricker, took her adopted daughter to Griffin’s ski house in Vermont and forced her into illegal sexual activities, prosecutors said.

A nine-year-old girl did as she was told.

The time lapse between these alleged crimes and Griffin’s arrest exceeded a year.

The FBI declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation. The Vermont District Attorney’s Office, which brought the charges, also declined to comment. A CNN spokesman did not respond to a request for comment regarding the seized devices.

Griffin, who was fired by CNN this week, has three young children and often hosted sleepovers and pool parties at his Connecticut mansion, Fox News reported on Friday.

Lawyer Michael Bachner told the publication that, in his opinion, the authorities did not act earlier.

“If the FBI conducted a search in September and knew of covert action against Griffin in the Nevada case, it’s notable that no action was taken to get Griffin off the streets,” he said. “Leaving someone free when you know or have probable reason to believe they are a predator for me is the wrong decision.”

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Griffin’s alleged behavior was so serious that a federal judge agreed this week to hand him over without bail. The prosecutor’s office argued that otherwise he would not have appeared in court.

Griffin faces life in prison if he is found guilty on one of three counts.

In addition to the strong evidence against Griffin and the lengthy prison sentence he faces, prosecutors said he had a history of alcohol or substance abuse.

Griffin is accused of sending messages to parents of young children and pressure them to bring the children to him for illegal sexual activity.

The other two situations in which he allegedly participated did not occur personally.

Griffin is said to have paid Carricker over $ 3,000 to take her daughter to Vermont.

The former CNN producer picked up the pair at Boston’s Logan Airport in July 2020 and took them in his Tesla to his ski home in Ludlow, prosecutors said.

Nevada law enforcement interviewed a 9-year-old girl who described how she engaged in illegal activities with her mother and Griffin.

After three nights, she no longer wanted to participate, so she stayed in another room while Griffin and her mother went to the basement, according to the criminal lawsuit.

Carricker was charged with child abuse, rape and child abuse.

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Zachary Stieber covers US news and articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Maryland.

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