The CEO of a private jet company was reportedly busted for sex trafficking of children across state lines last week. Paul Alexander, 57, was arrested for reportedly bringing girls across state lines, according to the New York Attorney General.
Paul Alexander, the CEO of Central Jet Charter, has been charged with sex trafficking after allegedly being caught in a sting operation. The investigation, dubbed "Operation Mile High," claimed to have caught Alexander offering sex with a 12-year-old girl and 14-year-old girl for $300 to an undercover agent across state lines, according to authorities.
The Daily Beast reported, "An undercover cop posing as a customer met with Alexander—who showed him nude photos of the girls, charged him $300 for sex with them, and suggested he ply them with drugs and pot so they would be more cooperative, authorities said."
The arrest came from a months-long joint investigation by the Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force, the New York City Police Department's Vice Major Case Squad, and Human Trafficking Team exposed the alleged crimes by Alexander.
Alexander, who is said to be a Level 3 Sex Offender from the Bronx, has been charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking minors after months-long investigation by the NYPD and the New York Attorney General's office, reports Daily Mail. As per the report, Alexander is a registered sex offender and was arrested on Thursday, December 3, for allegedly sex trafficking children throughout New York City.
According to criminal records, Alexander had previously been convicted of first-degree sexual abuse and possession of child pornography, as reported by the Daily Mail.
"The girl alleged that Alexander sexually abused her and other underage girls and promoted them for prostitution to other men," the Daily Mail reported. "He has two previous convictions that placed him on the registry: first-degree sexual abuse in 1996 along with a separate conviction for possessing child pornography in 2003. There were no further details released on Alexander's potential number of victims or for how long he had run the operation."
In the statement released on Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia James said, "There is nothing more reprehensible than sexually exploiting a child."
"This individual's alleged actions jeopardized the health and safety of our children and highlighted the critical need for these new protections that strengthen our ability to hold perpetrators accountable for these gross violations of the law," James added. "I thank the NYPD for their partnership in this investigation, and I will continue to use all the tools at my office's disposal to hold accountable those who seek to abuse our children."
"The NYPD and our law enforcement partners share a commitment to protect the survivors of child trafficking, and we will continue to fight on behalf of our society's most vulnerable individuals," NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said. "I thank and commend the NYPD detectives involved in this investigation and the New York State Office of the Attorney General for their efforts to ensure child predators are taken off our streets. The NYPD will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to eradicate the trafficking of children in our city and work to bring justice to victims of these heinous crimes."
Alexander was charged with sex trafficking of a child, attempted sex trafficking of a child, related counts of first and second degrees of promoting prostitution, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted.