A former US Air Force pilot has gone on trial accused of creating videos of two underage Filipino girls performing sex acts.
Frank W Maile, aged 62, of New Egypt, appeared in court in Trenton, New Jersey, on Wednesday (May 2). He was held in custody without bail, the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey announced.
He’s charged with one count of producing visual depictions of child sexual abuse outside the US, with the intent that the depictions be imported into the US.
Maile is a pilot for a cargo carrier and is retired from the US Air Force. On his Facebook page he says he works for Atlas Air and lives in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The federal criminal complaint against Maile says that after he returned from a trip abroad last month, border authorities searched his electronic devices and found an image of child sex abuse on his laptop.
Further investigation found a large volume of apparently original child sex abuse images featuring several victims.
Among the communications uncovered were electronic chats Maile had with a person in the Philippines described as an “arranger or pimp”.
Starting in June 2013, Maile and the person began discussing Maile having sex with two of his underage sisters. The chats suggest Maile had sex with the older of the sisters in December of that year.
More conversations in 2014 show Maile chatting with the arranger and repeatedly expressing an interest two young girls, aged nine and 14.
Maile then suggested the girl should take birth control pills, and the arranger in the Philippines replied that she was “too young” for birth control.
Over the course of 2013, 2014, and 2015, Maile continued to express an interest in having sex with the younger sister, and got impatient when the arranger said she was not ready to have sex.
The complaint also says Maile asked about the price for him having sex with the younger sister. The arranger replied that he would ask the girl’s mother.
In December 2014, Maile allegedly chatted with the younger girl — via the arranger — and the girl said it was her 10th birthday.
Federal authorities believe Maile eventually travelled to the Philippines and filmed the sisters performing sex acts in December 2015.
The charge of producing child pornography abroad carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
The trial continues.