OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist
February 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Commercial airline pilot charged with
travelling to have sex with minor
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A commercial airline pilot has been arrested on a federal charge of travelling across state lines in order to have sex with a minor female.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced today that MUSTAFA MOMOUN BAZBAZ, 28 years of age, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania was arrested and charged with “Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct.” BAZBAZ is presently in custody and is being held at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail pending a detention hearing.
According to Ihlenfeld, BAZBAZ began communicating with a 15-year old female from Jefferson County, Ohio, in December of 2013 via the website known as MeetMe.com. It is alleged that BAZBAZ misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be 17 years old and to be named “Mike B.” It also alleged that BAZBAZ 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. 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 (WV) Sheriff’s Department. This prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr.
BAZBAZ faces up to thirty 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.
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