A commercial airline pilot who lives in Oakdale is in federal custody after the FBI said he traveled to a West Virginia hotel in December to have sex with a 15-year-old Ohio girl he met online.
Mustafa Bazbaz, 28, who flies for Republic Airlines, is being held in a West Virginia jail pending a detention hearing next week in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.
The FBI raided his Hawthorne Square apartment on Feb. 7 and took him into custody after text messages indicated he had contacted the girl the day before to say he wanted to have sex with her again, according to an affidavit.
Agents said he began communicating with the girl, who lives near Irondale, Ohio, in early December through a website called MeetMe.com. In his messages, he claimed to be 17 and later 23 and called himself “Mike B.” When the girl told him she was 15, he said that age “was just a number,” the FBI said. Agents said he asked the girl to send nude photos of herself, which she did, after which he sent her explicit images of himself and made arrangements to take her to a hotel for sex.
According to court papers, he picked her up on Dec. 6 and drove her to a Holiday Inn in Newell, W.Va., where they had sex, and then drove her home.
Her mother became suspicious after the girl came home early after she had told her mother she planned to spend the night at a friend’s house. The girl also “reeked” of cologne, according to the affidavit.
When agents arrested Mr. Bazbaz on Feb. 7, they said they found contact information for the girl on his phone under “Ohio 15,” further indicating he knew she was underage.
Mr. Bazbaz moved to Oakdale in August after having lived in Culver City, Calif.