A former airline pilot who lives in Oakdale admitted Wednesday that he drove a 15-year-old girl to a West Virginia hotel for sex in December.
Mustafa Bazbaz, 28, who moved to Pennsylvania from California in 2013, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wheeling, W.Va., to coercion of a minor female and could be headed for federal prison.
Mr. Bazbaz, who flew for Republic Airlines, was arrested Feb. 7 when the FBI raided his Hawthorne Square apartment after text messages showed he had contacted the girl the day before to arrange a second tryst, according to prosecutors.
The FBI said Mr. Bazbaz began communicating with the girl on Dec. 5, 2013, on the MeetMe.com website.
He initially said he was 17, later changing it to 23, and called himself “Mike B.” At the time, he was 27.
The FBI said he asked her to send him nude photos, which she did, after which he sent her similar photos and made arrangements to take her to a hotel for sex.
He picked her up on Dec. 6 and drove her to a Holiday Inn Express in Newell, W.Va., where they had sex, then drove her home.
The girl’s mother was immediately suspicious because the girl came home early after she said she was staying over at a friend's house and “reeked” of men’s cologne.
She called police, who contacted the local FBI crimes against children task force.
After reviewing hotel videos and interviewing the girl, the FBI identified Mr. Bazbaz. When they raided his apartment on Feb. 7, they said they found contact information for the girl on his phone under “Ohio 15,” indicating he knew she was underage.
Agents also found a hotel room key card sleeve for the room at the Holiday Inn Express where the previous encounter took place.
No sentencing date was set.
Torsten Ove: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1510. First Published August 14, 2014 12:00 AM