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Alert Airline Passenger Saves 2 Children from Sex Abuse After Overseeing Explicit Text Messages on Plane

Meg Storm : Aug 7, 2017 :

If you see something, say something!

(San Jose, CA)—[] An observant and quick-thinking passenger on a recent Southwest Airlines flight helped police apprehend a man and woman who have allegedly been sexually abusing two young children. A Washington-based pre-school teacher (who has asked to remain anonymous) was on a flight from Seattle to San Jose on Monday when she oversaw explicit text messages between 56-year-old Michael Kellar and 50-year-old Gail Burnworth and alerted flight attendants. (Photo: Airplane passengers/via CheapFlights)

According to Mercury News, the woman was seated in the row behind Kellar, and the man was texting in an enlarged font with the smartphone held close to his face, which put the device in her line of sight. San Jose sex-crimes Detective Nick Jourdenais told Mercury News that the witness later told officials that the messages she saw "swiftly escalated from sexual fetishes to far worse." (Photo: 56-year-old Michael Kellar/Credit: San Jose Police Department)

"It was in large font, and she sees certain words and starts contemplating there's something bigger there," he said. "Then the conversation transitions to children. That's the moment when she decided to preserve the evidence as best as she could."

She was able to capture photos of the exchange on her own phone and shared them with crew members, who informed authorities immediately upon landing in San Jose. Police and FBI agents were quickly called and moved swiftly to detain Kellar, a Tacoma, Washington native, before...

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