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Oakdale man pleads guilty in W.Va. to sex charge

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor.


U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Thursday that 28-year-old Mustafa Momoun Bazbaz of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, also faces a fine of up to $250,000.


Ihlenfeld says Bazbaz started talking to a 15-year-old girl from Jefferson County, Ohio, through a social media website in December 2013. Bazbaz claimed to be 17 years old and eventually took the girl to a hotel room in Hancock County in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle.


Ihlenfeld says Bazbaz is a commercial airline pilot who was working for Republic Airways at the time.


Bazbaz pleaded guilty Wednesday to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.


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