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SJPD Arrested Suspect for Attempted Child Molestation / Solicitation of a Sex Crime
Filed under Press Release, on 8/3/2017 10:31:00 AM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

TYPE OF CRIME:  Attempted Child Molestation / Solicitation of a Sex Crime CASE NUMBER: 17-212-0250
LOCATION: San Jose, CA and Tacoma, WA
SUSPECT #1: Michael Kellar AGE: 56 Years
ADDRESS: Tacoma, WA Resident
SUSPECT #2: Gail Burnworth AGE:  50 Years
ADDRESS: Tacoma, WA Resident  
VICTIMS: Withheld  AGE: 5 and 7 Years


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Suspect: Michael Kellar
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Suspect: Gail Burnworth


San Jose, CA — The San Jose Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested suspect Michael Kellar for Attempted Child Molestation / Solicitation of a Sex Crime.

On Monday, July 31, 2017, a female passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle, Washington, to San Jose, California, observed a male passenger (later identified as Kellar) seated in front of her texting. Kellar was utilizing a large Smartphone with enlarged font. The passenger observed Kellar texting about sexually molesting young children.

The passenger alerted the flight crew. Upon landing, a flight crew member contacted a San Jose Police Officer working inside the terminal at Mineta San José International Airport. Officers detained Kellar and San Jose PD ICAC detectives immediately responded to the scene along with the San Francisco Division of the FBI.

Follow-up investigation revealed an adult female suspect in Tacoma, Washington, engaged in inappropriate sexual texts with Kellar. Additionally, two children (ages 5 and 7) have been identified as victims.

Members of the Seattle ICAC and Seattle Division of the FBI took the female suspect, Gail Burnworth, into custody at her Tacoma residence.

Kellar was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on two counts of Attempted Child Molestation (felony) — 664/288(A) PC and two counts of Solicitation of a Sex Crime (felony) — 653F(C) PC.

Burnworth was booked into the Pierce County (WA) Jail for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (felony)  9.68A.040 RCW, Rape of a Child 1st Degree (felony)  9A.44.073 RCW, and Dealing in Depictions of a minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct (felony)  9.68A.050 RCW.

Persons with information regarding this incident or any other similar incidents are urged to contact Detective Nick Jourdenais and Detective Sergeant Brian Spears of the San Jose PD's ICAC Unit at (408) 537-1397.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.


BY: Sgt. Enrique Garcia #2936 AUTHORIZED BY: Lt. Jason Ta #3265
DATE: 8/3/2017 TIME: 10:30 AM DATE: 8/3/2017 TIME: 10:30 AM


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