WHEELING -A commercial airline pilot has been arrested on a federal charge of traveling across state lines in order to have sex with a 15-year-old Jefferson County girl.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld said Wednesday that Mustafa Momoun Bazbaz, 28, of Oakdale, Pa., was arrested and charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Ihlenfeld said Bazbaz began communicating with the teen in December of 2013 via an Internet website. It is alleged that Bazbaz misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be a 17 year old boy named "Mike B."
The complaint alleges that Bazbaz sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim before arranging to pick her up near her home in December of 2013. The complaint asserts that Bazbaz then took the victim to a hotel room in Hancock County where he engaged in sexual intercourse with her.
The matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.
This prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr.
Ihlenfeld said Bazbaz faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Under the federal sentencing guidelines the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. The charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Bazbas is being held at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail at Moundsville pending a detention hearing.