NEW YORK — A creepy charter jet company owner who is a registered sex offender has been charged with trafficking underage girls as young as 12 for sex, prosecutors said.
Paul Alexander, 57, of the Bronx, was busted in a sting dubbed “Operation Mile High,” which drew its name from the fact that he is the chief executive of Central Jet Charter Inc., which provides private jets to wealthy travellers.
Alexander is a two-time felon with convictions for sex assault and child pornography.
Authorities caught on to Alexander in March, when an underage girl told cops that he had sexually abused her and other underage girls, and pimped them out to other men, the New York attorney general’s office said.
After a months-long probe involving covert recording devices, social media, and undercover operations, investigators determined that Alexander was trafficking children across county lines for sex.
The case was sealed when Alexander offered sex with a 12-year-old victim and a 14-year-old victim to an undercover officer for $300. Alexander encouraged the undercover officer to use alcohol and marijuana to make the victims more cooperative, prosecutors said.
Alexander, who was being held without bail, faces up to 50 years in prison—where he has served time several times over the years. He’s a Level 3 registered sex offender from a 1996 sexual assault conviction against a female of unknown age, and in 2o03 he was convicted of possession of an obscene performance by a child who was not a stranger to him.
The case marks the first time Attorney General Leticia James has charged a defendant with a newly enacted law that makes tit easier to prosectuor those who traffic children for sex.
“There is nothing more reprehensible than sexually exploiting a child,” James said.