Court Papers Details Text Messages by Airline Passenger Discussing Sexual Abuse of Children

A new federal complaint describes lurid text messages between an airline passenger and a woman last month discussing performing sex acts on children and drugging the minors to facilitate the abuse, court papers show.

Michael Kellar, 56, and Gail Lynn Burnworth, 50, both of Tacoma, Washington, exchanged the flurry of text messages in July, including on the day Kellar was a passenger aboard a Seattle, Washington-to-San Jose, California, flight on July 31, according to the federal complaint.

A passenger sitting behind Kellar spotted the text messages, took photos of the conversation and alerted authorities. The couple was questioned and arrested.

Kellar has been charged with attempted enticement of a minor and both face a charge of conspiracy to produce child pornography, according to the complaint unsealed Monday.

The complaint lays out the couple’s plans to sexually abuse a 5-year-old and 7-year-old who lived with Burnworth, her ex-husband and his wife. Burnworth, who is not the children’s mother, also promised to take graphic photos and videos at Kellar’s request, the complaint said.

Among Kellar’s requests were videos of molestation, bestiality, fetish behavior involving feces and “kids videos,” the complaint said.

In a July 28 exchange, Kellar asked Burnworth: “Do you really think you can do this or are you just saying this???” the complaint said.

Burnworth responded: “No I think I can do it if I don’t have parents over my shoulder or worried about who’s going to walk in on me. And then on Sunday I will have kids no parents, just kids,” the complaint said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Darran Simon and Mayra Cuevas