Airplane Passenger Sees Man’s Texts About Sex Crimes With Children, Couple Arrested (PHOTOS)
(BANT) – A man and a woman from Washington state have been arrested on suspicion of sex crimes involving children after the man was allegedly seen texting about the sex crimes on a flight from Seattle to San Jose last Monday.
Police say Michael Kellar, a 56-year-old from Tacoma, was using a big smartphone with an enlarged font, which allowed a woman sitting near him to see his messages. She notified the flight crew, who notified police at the airport and Kellar was detained.
During the following investigation, which involved FBI agents from San Francisco and Seattle, 50-year-old Gail Burnworth of Tacoma was identified as another suspect. Two children, 5 and 7, were identified as victims.
Kellar was arrested on suspicion of attempted child molestation and solicitation of a sex crime, both of which are felonies.
Burnsworth was arrested in Pierce County, Washington, on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor, rape of a child and dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to San Jose police.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Nick Jourdenais and Detective Sgt. Brian Spears with the Internet Crimes Against Children unit at (408) 537-1397.