A sharp-eyed female plane passenger spotted another passenger texting about sexually assaulting children, she immediately alerted the flight crew. A flight attendant notified an officer stationed at the airport, and the pedophile was arrested promptly.
San Jose, California police said they arrested Michael Kellar, 56, in the city’s airport Monday night after a flight from Seattle. Kellar’s texts led officers to arrest Gail Burnworth, 50, in her Tacoma home in Washington state. Kellar also lives in that city.
Authorities said Thursday that it appears two children, ages 5 and 7, were sexually assaulted. Authorities say Burnworth had access to children as a baby-sitter and that Kellar was getting to the victims through her.
Seattle and San Jose police declined to give details of the children’s relationship to the suspects and how Kellar and Burnworth knew each other.
The plane passenger told authorities that Kellar was sitting right in front of her and texting about the abuse with a large font on a large smartphone. The font and screen were so big that the passenger was able to take photos of Kellar’s text conversation, police said.
The passenger, who police didn’t identify, alerted the flight crew. A flight attendant notified an officer stationed at the airport, and Kellar was arrested.
He is accused of attempted child molestation and solicitation of a sex crime. Burnworth was arrested on suspicion of child rape and sexual exploitation of children.
Kellar and Burnworth were arrested and put in jail and were still there Wednesday.