NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The CEO of a private aircraft charter company is accused of “sex trafficking children throughout New York City,” Attorney General Letitia James announced Saturday.
Paul Alexander, CEO of Central Jet Charter, was arrested after a joint investigation between the AG’s Organized Crime Task Force and the NYPD’s Vice Major Case Squad.
Investigators taking part in “Operation Mile High” used covert recording devices, social media and undercover operations to determine Alexander, 57, was “trafficking children across county lines for sex,” the AG said.
“The initial investigation began in March after a female minor reported Alexander to the NYPD, alleging that Alexander sexually abused her and other underage girls, and promoted them for prostitution to other men,” according to the AG.
Prosecutors allege that Alexander, a Level 3 sex offender, met with an undercover officer and charged him $300 to have sex with two victims, ages 12 and 14. He allegedly encouraged the undercover officer to use alcohol and marijuana “to make the victims more cooperative.”
Alexander was arraigned Saturday in Bronx County Criminal Court on a felony complaint in which he was charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking of a child, attempted sex trafficking of a child, related counts of first- and second-degrees of promoting prostitution, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Alexander faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of the top counts.
He was remanded Saturday and ordered to return to court on Dec. 8, the AG’s office said.