A great legacy and career has been ruined by a millionaire pilot after lust led him to having sex onboard a private jet with a 15-year old girl he was apparently supposed to be teaching to fly. He is now facing five years behind bars as a result.
Married father-of-three Stephen Bradley Mell pleaded guilty to charges of engaging in interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and receiving child abuse images and is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.
The 53-year-old, from New Jersey, USA, was accused of committing sex acts with a 15-year-old girl whose mother had approached him so that he could give her flying lessons, court documents show.
Mell started talking to the girl in 2017, using text messages and Snapchat, it is reported.
The conversations turned sexual when Mell asked “if she knew how to perform oral sex,” according to the complaint.
On three occasions in June and July 2017, Mell performed sex acts on the girl, according to the complaint.
During one of those meetups, Mell flew with her in his private plane from Somerset Airport to Barnstable, Mass., on Cape Cod “for the purpose of engaging in illicit conduct, specifically, a sexual act with a person under the age of eighteen.”
It was on that flight back that he put the plane on autopilot mode and again engaged in sex acts, according to the complaint.
He also asked for sexually explicit photos of the girl, arranged a hotel room for them and begged her to get birth control.
“Trust me the sex is amazing but so is being around you,” he wrote to her in October 2017.
Prior to the charges against him, he was viewed as an active community member, serving on the board of the Far Hills Day School and volunteering in numerous charities, including the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, according to the Courier News.