Mesaba pilot arrested in Houston in child sex sting

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Another weirdo! Some more great press...first the DAL pilot, now this guy!

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6229743.html

Harris deputies: Suspect arrested after flying to meet boy



By MIKE GLENN
Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle


Jan. 25, 2009, 7:16PM


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Steven Donald Anderson was charged Saturday with two counts of online solicitation of a child. He is in the Harris County Jail with bail set at $100,000 for each charge. He was arrested Friday after flying in from Minnesota to meet a Harris County youth, officials said.


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A pilot from Minnesota remains in Harris County Jail, charged with solicitation of a minor after flying to Houston to meet a 12-year-old boy whom officials say he had been sending sexually explicit text messages to since fall.
Deputies were waiting when Steven Donald Anderson, 28, pulled up to the youth's northwest Harris County home Friday, authorities said Sunday.
"He showed up, and we arrested him. He was pretty shocked," said Sgt. Gary Spurger with the Harris County Precinct 4 constable’s computer crime unit.
After deputies examined a cache of incriminating text messages found on Anderson's cell phone, Harris County prosecutors on Saturday charged him with two counts of online solicitation of a minor, officials said.
Teacher found messages


The investigation began last week when the boy’s teacher at Spillane Middle School caught him sending text messages on his BlackBerry during class, officials said. She took away the device and read some of the messages that investigators said Anderson had sent to the boy.
“He was saying, ‘Don’t be nervous. Everything is going to be OK. I’m going down there Friday afternoon,’ ” Spurger said.
Alarmed by what she read, the teacher reported the incident to school authorities, who notified police.
“The teacher saved that kid,” Spurger said. “She stepped up to the plate and took care of business.”
Anderson and the boy had been exchanging text messages since meeting on MySpace shortly after Halloween, investigators said.
With the consent of the boy’s parents, investigators assumed his identity Thursday to contact Anderson through the online account. They exchanged messages for about 30 minutes and confirmed Anderson would be arriving in Houston on Friday, officials said.
With the boy away from the home, almost a dozen deputies awaited Anderson’s arrival.
“He even told us what kind of car he was going to drive, which made it really easy,” Spurger said.
Suspect denies claims

Investigators said Anderson denied any sexual interest in the boy, who he thought was 14. “He claimed he was coming here for a vacation,” Spurger said. “He just wanted to come visit his friend.”
Investigators do not believe there is an innocent explanation for Anderson’s trip to the Houston area, particularly after going through the text messages on the man’s cell phone.
“What could a 28-year-old professional airline pilot have in common with a 14-year-old?” Spurger said.
Spurger said Anderson is a pilot for Mesaba Airlines, a commuter company owned by Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines.
Harris County investigators are contacting authorities in Minnesota to arrange a search of his home and computer, officials said.
Anderson remains in the Harris County Jail where bail has been set at $100,000 for each
 

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crazy..I think this happened to an ASA pilot a long time ago but I dont know the whole story
 

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Wow! Don't these guys watch "To Catch a Predator?"

And who lets their 12 year old have a blackberry?!

At least someone was paying attention and was able to put a stop to it.
 

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I wish I had a Blackberry...
 

say again

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Idiot!!


We need more Sully & Skiles positive press.
 

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Anderson was just hired in Oct 2008... CAN YOU SAY BAH-BYE!!!!

Laughed at his thought that the kid was not 14...
 

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Stay classy parents. What do they expect giving their kid a Blackberry? Thankfully, the teacher was there to hold down the fort. That seems to be the norm these days.

-Brett
 

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0 tolerance for that. I hope they fry this SOB
 

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I wonder if that guy knows what happens to rapists and molesters in prison. They tend to get the royal treatment while incarcerated. Like severe beatings and non-stop butt action.
 

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I'm not a lawyer, but I wonder what the legal ramifications are of the teacher "violating the privacy" of the student by reading private text messages are.

I hope he gets sent away for a long time, but wouldn't be suprised to see some OJ stuff happening.
 

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I'm not a lawyer, but I wonder what the legal ramifications are of the teacher "violating the privacy" of the student by reading private text messages are.

I hope he gets sent away for a long time, but wouldn't be suprised to see some OJ stuff happening.
You're kidding right? Students do not have an expected right to privacy, this has been addressed a number of times by the courts.

Why is that a concern?
 

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Raskal, what part of "I'm not a lawyer" didn't you understand? I even spelled it right and used proper punctuation.

It is a concern because if they screwed up, he could walk.
 
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