Airline Executive Pursued Sex With 10-Year-Old: Cops
Ray Howland was arrested in Pennsylvania on Friday
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2015 4:45 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General shows Ray Howland.    (Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General via AP)

(Newser) – Police arrested an American Airlines executive on Friday for allegedly planning sexual exploits with a mother and her 10-year-old daughter, who were in fact one person: an undercover agent. A criminal complaint says Ray Howland, 55, placed an online ad looking for "a family or a couple of girls" in Pennsylvania and texted with the agent, who worked for the state attorney general, WTAE reports. "He explained in detail, through email and text messages, the sexual acts he hoped to engage in," says state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Police say he also texted directly with the "child" about sexual matters, TribLive.com reports. An IT manager for American Airlines in Arlington, Texas, Howland allegedly explained in his ad that he was traveling to Pennsylvania on business.

When he arrived at a gas station in Moon Township, Pa., on Friday night to meet the mom and daughter, Howland was promptly arrested, the complaint says. He's been held on $150,000 and hit with charges including one count each of criminal attempt to commit rape of a child, unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary sexual intercourse, and criminal attempt to commit indecent assault, CBS News reports. Police say he confessed to setting up the meeting, and admitted to arranging a similar rendezvous with a Texas man and his 12-year-old daughter. Strangely enough, Howland was working as a front-line supervisor for American when 9/11 happened, and he received some of the first frantic phone calls about Flight 11 being hijacked, the AP reports.