Airline pilot faces sex charge

WHEELING -The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported a commercial airline pilot has been arrested on a federal charge of traveling across state lines in order to have sex with a minor female from Jefferson County.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced Wednesday that Mustafa M. Bazbaz, 28 , of Oakdale, Pa., was arrested and charged with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Bazbaz is lodged at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail pending a detention hearing.

According to Ihlenfeld, Bazbaz began communicating with a 15-year-old female from Jefferson County in December via the website known as It is alleged that Bazbaz misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be 17 years old and to be named “Mike B,” Ihlenfeld said. It also alleged that Bazbaz sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim before arranging to pick up the victim near her home in Jefferson County in December , according to the federal prosecutor. Bazbaz then took the victim to a hotel room in Hancock County where he engaged in sexual intercourse with her. Ihlenfeld said.

The matter is being investigated by the FBI and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. This prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr.

Bazbaz faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.