On Monday a woman caught a sight of some texts messages on a flight that was going from Seattle to San Jose.
According to the San Jose Police Department report, a man seated in front of her on the Southwest Airlines flight and he was “texting about sexually abusing young children”.
From Tacoma, Wash, 56-year-old Michael Kellar was using a large smartphone with enlarged text, due to enlarging text she was able to read his messages and could easily take photographs of them.
The woman informed a member of the flight crew who notified police working in the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Mr. Kellar then arrested after the plane landed.
According to Detective Sgt. Brian Spears, commander of the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the woman is a preschool teacher and “she is definitely a hero in our eyes”.
The suspect charged with attempted, both felonies child molestation and solicitation of a sex crime. He was arraigned on Thursday and was being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Jail.
50-year-old Gail Burnworth also a resident of Tacoma, while Mr. Kellar was suspected of texting. They have two children ages 5 and 7, who may have been victims of sexual abuse.
According to Sergeant Spears, the text messages “described specific sex acts performed on children, as well as bestiality.”
He said, “It definitely goes beyond just that flight. There is a history of conversation between them”.
It seems that Ms. Burnwrth “had access to the children either as a caregiver or babysitter.” She also arrested in Tacoma on Monday but released after the short time because prosecutors did not formally charge her within 72 hours.
She arrested again on Friday night on a federal warrant for planning to produce child pornography.
Southwest airline did not provide access to their member who informed the police, due to criminal investigations. But in an emailed statement they said, “We always encourage customers to say something to our employees or law enforcement if they see something suspicious.”
According to authorities in California and Washington, federal charges are likely and F.B.I involved in the continuing investigation.
Capt. Mike Edwards, commander of the Seattle Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said the two children who may have been victims remained at their home with their parents.
Captain Edwards stated, “we are very grateful that she was on that plane” but police did not identify the woman who reported the text messages.