Pilot Admits To Child Sex Offense

Mustafa Moumoun Bazbaz admitted Wednesday that he flew an airplane across state lines to have sex with a minor female.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Bazbaz, 28, of Oakdale, Pa., entered a guilty plea to the felony offense of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Ihlenfeld said Bazbaz communicated with a 15-year-old female from Jefferson County in December of 2013 via the website MeetMe.com. He misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be 17 years old and to be named “Mike B.” Bazbaz also sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim before arranging to pick up the victim near her home in Jefferson County in December of 2013. He then took the victim to a hotel room in Hancock County where they engaged in sexual intercourse.

At the time of the incident, Bazbaz was employed as a pilot with Republic Airways and was stationed in Pittsburgh.

Bazbaz faces up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervision for life.