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Enlarged text message font leads to child sex abuse arrests

6 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, August 05 2017 Aug 5, 2017 August 05, 2017 5:22 PM August 05, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ
Photo: SJPD

SAN JOSE, Cali. - Police arrested a man at a California airport after a woman on his flight spotted him text messaging about sexually molesting young children.

According to the San Jose Police Department, officers received responded to the airport after they were tipped off by a woman from a Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle, Washington, to San Jose, California.

The woman alerted the flight crew after she saw what a fellow passenger, Michael Kellar, was typing on his phone. The woman claimed she saw Kellar texting another person about molesting children during the flight this past Monday.

The woman says Kellar's enlarged text font allowed her to read his messages from behind his seat.

Upon landing, a flight crew member contacted a San Jose Police Officer working inside the terminal at Mineta San José International Airport and Kellar was detained. 

Follow-up investigation revealed an adult female suspect in Tacoma, Washington, engaged in inappropriate sexual texts with Kellar. Additionally, two children (ages 5 and 7) have been identified as victims.

Members of the Seattle ICAC and Seattle Division of the FBI took the female suspect, Gail Burnworth, into custody at her Tacoma residence.

Kellar was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on two counts of Attempted Child Molestation and two counts of Solicitation of a Sex Crime.

Burnworth was booked into the Pierce County (WA) Jail for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Rape of a Child 1st Degree and Dealing in Depictions of a minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.

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