Plane passenger 'finds out man sitting next to her is a paedophile by reading his texts'

Michael Kellar (l) and Gail Burnworth have both been placed in custody

Michael Kellar (l) and Gail Burnworth have both been placed in custody

Monday, August 7, 2017

A man has been arrested on suspicion of paedophilia after a woman sitting next to him on a flight to California read his phone messages by chance.

A passenger she saw Michael Kellar sending texts on the flight from Seattle to San Jose, using a large font which enabled her to read what he was writing. The passenger alleged that Kellar was talking about molesting young children.

The flight crew was alerted and officers were on hand to arrest Kellar when the plane landed.

Local police say a follow-up investigation revealed that an adult female suspect, Gail Burnworth, had been engaging in "inappropriate sexual texts" with Kellar. Two children, aged five and seven years old, have been identified as victims.

Kellar was booked into California's Santa Clara County Jail on two counts of attempted child molestation and two counts of solicitation of a sex crime.

Burnworth, from Tacoma, Washington was booked into her local jail in Pierce County, facing charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, rape of a child first degree, and dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.