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Pilot gets busted in Atlanta..ouch!

Bryan D

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Florida Man Arrested For Raping 16-Year-Old Girl At Airport



POSTED: 6:57 am EDT August 3, 2005
UPDATED: 12:13 pm EDT August 3, 2005


JONESBORO, Ga. -- A commercial pilot, who listed his address in Daytona Beach, has been arrested on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl. Police in Atlanta said Michael Matthews attacked the girl in a stairway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Matthews flies private jets all around the country. He was on his way to begin a trip when police said he raped the teenage girl.
Wednesday morning, the suspect's grandmother said, if the allegations are true, she'd prefer it if he were dead. "I would rather bury him than to go through this, than to have this happen," Barbara Matthews, the suspect's grandmother, said.
Barbara Matthews spent Wednesday morning learning all she could about her grandson Michael, who sits in a Georgia jail accused of raping a 16-year-old girl.
"It's just beyond me, you know? I don't know what to think. I don't know what to think," Barbara said.
Police say the 39-year old private jet pilot was flying through Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport on the way to pick up a plane in Ohio and the 16-year-old alleged victim had been his seatmate on his flight to Atlanta. When they arrived at Hartsfield, investigators said, he somehow got into a restricted stairwell and forced her to have sex.
Now, as airport managers face tough questions about security issues, police are analyzing Matthews' luggage and his pilot's uniform, which they seized to check for DNA evidence.
"I really don't have any kind of comment on this at this time," said an airport official.
As for Matthews' grandmother, she said she's crushed, that he's never been in any kind of trouble like this. But, if it's true, she said he's on his own.
Even though Matthews has Daytona Beach listed as his place of residence, he lives in Panama City. Currently, he's locked up in an Atlanta jail cell.

http://www.wftv.com/news/4802580/detail.html#
 

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As the father of a 16 y/o girl myself.....

I hope he'll soon be getting all the lovin' he can take from his cell "mates" in prison.
 

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I wonder if she was one of those 16 year old kids whose parents allow them to dress like Brittney Spears so they look 21?

I wonder if she was honest with him about her age when they were presumably chatting on the airplane?

I wonder if, after they snuck off for this tryst, she decided maybe it wasn't such a hot idea after all and then claimed "rape"?

-- Granted, running off with a young, hot thing and having sex in a stairwell is a pretty bad idea. Maybe king of all bad ideas. But you just have to wonder if we're getting all the info...
 

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Bender, Girls do have the upper hand and guys are guilty until proven innocent (and always guilty in the publics eyes) when dealing with a potential rape (think Wild Things). That said, this guy has got to be smarter than this. I shall wait until more detail comes out to hold judgement.
 

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BenderGonzales said:
I wonder if she was one of those 16 year old kids whose parents allow them to dress like Brittney Spears so they look 21?

I wonder if she was honest with him about her age when they were presumably chatting on the airplane?

I wonder if, after they snuck off for this tryst, she decided maybe it wasn't such a hot idea after all and then claimed "rape"?

-- Granted, running off with a young, hot thing and having sex in a stairwell is a pretty bad idea. Maybe king of all bad ideas. But you just have to wonder if we're getting all the info...

Good point. He was probably just thinking with the wrong head. Typical of pilots that wear big watches.
 

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"I would rather bury him than to go through this, than to have this happen,"
I'm sure there is a father somewhere that would like to oblige her. And if the charges are 100% proven, in every respect ... I'd like to help the guy who's obliging her, too. I'll even bring my own shovel. :mad:

That said, however ... something isn't quite adding up on this one. :confused:


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How can you force someone against their will into a stairwell in a crowded airport? Was she travelling by herself? Wouldn't she be a "Unaccompanied Minor" if she was alone, and then the airline would have to watch her every step?

I wonder if this guy was NetJets, they said he was going to Ohio. Wait, isn't Options in Ohio as well?
 

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Citation Shares also has an Ohio base, CVG. Oh wait, that's kinda in KY. Nevermind. He could be from a fractional, or he could be from a company based in FL that was positioning him to get their airplane.
 

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Groundpounder said:
How can you force someone against their will into a stairwell in a crowded airport? Was she travelling by herself? Wouldn't she be a "Unaccompanied Minor" if she was alone, and then the airline would have to watch her every step?

Unaccompanied minors are 14 and under, I believe, for most airlines. I know my 13 year old niece travels as an unaccompanied when coming to my house.

I wonder if this guy was NetJets, they said he was going to Ohio. Wait, isn't Options in Ohio as well?

No comment. Company email said not to comment. Go to the fractionals board and you'll find out which company. ;)
 

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Flight Options. Seniority number 775.
 

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...If she was willing, it was at the least immoral, illegal, and inordinately stupid.

...If she wasn't? String him up. Tomorrow.
 

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omg, omg, please no one liners, let us consider the victim, this is very tragic and not even, I dont what. so sad, who cares what company at this point,a crime has been supposedly commited, omg, I'm so upset, so distressing, and so radically sad, why????????????????? no one can answer. and don't! There has been a rash of crimes against children, I have a 16 year old son, who is retarded, omg, omg, this is so sad, I will go to sleep with this on my mind. Very distressing to read, I'm sure many of you have daughters out there, I don't, but still can;t understand these horrific crimes against our children.

A mom. who doesnt understand.
 

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MissKittyKat said:
omg, omg, please no one liners, let us consider the victim, this is very tragic and not even, I dont what. so sad, who cares what company at this point,a crime has been supposedly commited, omg, I'm so upset, so distressing, and so radically sad, why????????????????? no one can answer. and don't! There has been a rash of crimes against children, I have a 16 year old son, who is retarded, omg, omg, this is so sad, I will go to sleep with this on my mind. Very distressing to read, I'm sure many of you have daughters out there, I don't, but still can;t understand these horrific crimes against our children.

A mom. who doesnt understand.

As stated before, there is a chance that this was a consentual encounter that she thought better of. Kind of hard to force someone into a secured stairwell on C concourse in ATL, especially with all the other passengers on the ramp. If she lied about her age and agreed to it beforehand, then she is as guilty as he is. Of course, I agree 100%, if he did in fact rape her, against her will, then string him up, tomorrow, and i'll bring the rope.
 

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MissKittyKat said:
omg, omg, please no one liners, let us consider the victim, this is very tragic and not even, I dont what. so sad, who cares what company at this point,a crime has been supposedly commited, omg, I'm so upset, so distressing, and so radically sad, why????????????????? no one can answer. and don't! There has been a rash of crimes against children, I have a 16 year old son, who is retarded, omg, omg, this is so sad, I will go to sleep with this on my mind. Very distressing to read, I'm sure many of you have daughters out there, I don't, but still can;t understand these horrific crimes against our children.

A mom. who doesnt understand.

Yeah, um, we don't use that word to describe the mentally challenged anymore.
 

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AlbieF15 said:
...If she was willing, it was at the least immoral, illegal, and inordinately stupid.

...If she wasn't? String him up. Tomorrow.
Immoral, yes. Illegal, no. 16 is age of consent in Georgia. Somehow I don't think this will meet that criterion though.
 
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