Millionaire who had s-x onboard a private jet with a 15-year-old girl he was supposed to be teaching to fly faces five years behind bars.
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 tomorrow.
The 53-year-old, from New Jersey, USA, was accused of committing s-x 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.
He allegedly ‘performed oral s-x acts’ on the girl in June 2017 and engaged in s-x acts with her again in July 2017, after which he supposedly bought her an emergency contraceptive pill.
On July 20, 2017, Mell allegedly flew the girl on his private plane from a New Jersey airport to Cape Cod ‘for the purpose of engaging in illicit conduct, specifically, a sexual act with a person under the age of eighteen.’
It was during the return flight that he supposedly put the plane on autopilot so that he could have sex with her.
Mell was said to have performed a sexual act with the teen on several other occasions over the course of the next month.
During one trip to New York City, where they had sex, Mell supposedly took a photo of the girl with his cell phone, as she stood naked with ‘genital area clearly visible.’
Mell, whose wife has filed for divorce, is currently out of jail on a $1million bond – about £785,000.
His mother put her South Carolina home up as security and he was made to hand over his pilot licence.
Mell also pleaded guilty to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual relations with a female victim under the age of 16 on May 13.
His sentencing for those charges will occur on July 12.