A Minnesota pilot accused of flying to Houston for a meeting with a 12-year-old boy authorities say he’d been sending sexually explicit messages to was scheduled for a court hearing Monday.
Steven Donald Anderson, 28, remained jailed on two charges of online solicitation of a minor. Bond was set at $100,000 for each charge, according to online jail records. It was not immediately clear if Anderson had an attorney.
Deputies arrested Anderson on Friday at the boy’s home. Anderson told authorities he was on vacation and was just going to visit his friend, whom he thought was 14, said Sgt. Gary Spurger with the Harris County Precinct 4 constable’s computer crime unit.
A teacher who allegedly caught the boy sending text messages during class days earlier alerted authorities. She read some of the messages Anderson sent after taking away the boy’s BlackBerry, according to a Houston newspaper report.
Investigators pretended to be the boy and contacted Anderson on Thursday to confirm his arrival the next day.
Anderson works as a pilot for Mesaba Airlines, a commuter company owned by Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines. He and the boy met on the social networking site MySpace after Halloween, investigators said.