9news: A millionaire US financier is facing a prison term after he admitted having s3x with a schoolgirl while flying his private jet.
Stephen Bradley Mell, 53, switched his plane to autopilot while he engaged in s3xual acts with the 15-year-old, court documents showed.
The New Jersey bond trader owns a $USD3.8 million ($5.5 million) home, a brockerage firm, three aircraft , reports New Jersey Central.
But the married father of three is now facing at least five years in prison after pleading guilty last year to charges of engaging in interstate travel to engage in illicit s3xual conduct and receiving child pornography.
Mell started communicating with the victim, then aged 15, through text messages and Snapchat in 2017. The messaging soon became s3xual when he asked the girl “if she knew how to perform oral s3x”.
He later invited her to spend time with him at his home in the exclusive suburb of Bedminster.
The following month he again performed s3x on the girl and purchased an emergency contraceptive pill for her.
In July 2017, after he was asked by the victim’s mother to teach the teenager how to fly, Mell and and the girl flew aboard his private jet from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
While they were on the flight back, Mell put the plane on autopilot and engaged in s3xual acts with her, the court was told.
In August 2017, Mell again had s3x with the girl and took naked pictures of her. He later coerced her to “get the IUD”, a form of birth control.
Mell, whose wife has filed for divorce, pleaded guilty to the charges last December. His sentencing is scheduled for later this week.
He is also due to be sentenced in July after admitting the offence of endangering the safety of child by engaging in s3xual relations with a female victim aged under 16.
Source: Published by 9news