An American Airlines senior manager was arrested Friday in Pittsburgh after he allegedly tried to meet a 10-year-old girl and her mother for sex, WPXI-TV reported.
Ray Howland was taken into custody after an undercover operation in Moon Township. According to WPXI, he is facing charges of unlawful contact with a minor, criminal attempt of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and criminal attempt rape of a child.
He will be in court for a preliminary hearing on July 7. His bail was set at $150,000.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Howland has been a senior manager with the airline since 2008 and is based in Texas.
The court complaint alleges that Howland was looking for "a family or a couple of girls" to engage in sexual relations with. He was planning to travel to Pittsburgh on business, WTAE-TV reported.
"He explained in detail, through email and text messages, the sexual acts he hoped to engage in," Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane said.
American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein told TheBlaze in a statement on Monday:
American Airlines holds its employees to the highest level of ethical standards. Employees who violate these standards are subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate termination. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement and do not intend to comment on this case publicly out of respect for all involved.
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