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Man, 58, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for texting his girlfriend images of child pornography

58-year-old man in Washington is sentenced to 15 years in jail for texting his girlfriend into images of child porn while on board a flight

  • Michael Kellar, 58, was convicted of conspiracy to produce child pornography and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday
  • Kellar’s girlfriend, 52-year-old Lynn Burnworth, pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography
  • She is sentenced on March 27
  • The pair was arrested in August 2017 after a passenger noticed the exchange between the two on July 31 of that year
  • Burnworth was in Tacoma, Washington at the time of the flight
  • Kellar pleaded guilty to the charge and access with the intention of viewing child pornography on September 25, 2019
  • Once released from prison, Kellar must be released for life under supervision and must register as a sex offender

Michael Kellar, 58, was convicted of conspiracy to produce child pornography and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday

Michael Kellar, 58, was convicted of conspiracy to produce child pornography and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday

A man from Washington who texted someone about molesting children on a plane to California has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Michael Kellar, 58, was convicted of conspiracy to produce child pornography, according to one release from the American law firm in the western Washington district.

Kellar’s girlfriend, 52-year-old Lynn Burnworth, pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography. She is sentenced on March 27.

The pair was arrested in August 2017 after a passenger noticed the exchange between the two on July 31 of that year.

Burnworth was in Tacoma, Washington at the time of the flight. An investigation showed that the two had produced and shared sexually explicit images of children who were in the care of women.

“This case for me … was the most disturbing case I have had … (These violations) begged society a cascade of negative repercussions that could never be remedied,” said US District Judge Ronald B. Leighton during the conviction of Kellar.

The American lawyer Brian T Moran praised the plane passenger who came forward about the “disturbing texts she saw on her flight.”

Kellar was arrested at Mineta San Jose International Airport after a teacher behind him saw the texts and informed the staff. The California police then contacted colleagues in Washington to find his girlfriend

Kellar was arrested at Mineta San Jose International Airport after a teacher behind him saw the texts and informed the staff. The California police then contacted colleagues in Washington to find his girlfriend

Kellar was arrested at Mineta San Jose International Airport after a teacher behind him saw the texts and informed the staff. The California police then contacted colleagues in Washington to find his girlfriend

“We’ve all had that moment when we ask ourselves,” I’m in, “Moran continued. “In this case, that witness has initiated the rescue of two small children and the investigation showing that this defendant was a predator – the collection of images of sexual abuse of children.”

After witnessing the messages on Kellar’s device, the passenger informed the airline’s flight attendants who then had the police met.

Kellar's girlfriend, 52-year-old Lynn Burnworth, pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography. She is sentenced on March 27

Kellar's girlfriend, 52-year-old Lynn Burnworth, pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography. She is sentenced on March 27

Kellar’s girlfriend, 52-year-old Lynn Burnworth, pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography. She is sentenced on March 27

Kellar was arrested on the spot and the authorities discovered the explicit graphic images he exchanged with Burnworth.

A court order was issued to search Burnworth’s home, where investigators found sexually explicit images on her phone and several hundred images of child pornography on Kellar’s laptop.

“Sexual exploitation of children is particularly horrible, and the FBI has made it a priority to hold those who choose to commit these acts responsible,” said Special Agent Raymond Duda, FBI Seattle.

“Mr. Kellar will now be accountable for his crimes against some of the most vulnerable in our community. This case shows that the FBI will rigorously investigate these crimes and reinforces that victims of children are not tolerated by law enforcement officers. “

Kellar pleaded guilty to the indictment and access with the intention of viewing child pornography on September 25, 2019. As soon as he is released from prison, Kellar must be released for life under supervision and must register as a sex offender.

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