American Airlines pilot accused of transporting sadistic child pornography

Posted Monday, Aug. 26, 2013  Print Reprints

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An American Airlines pilot detained at DFW Airport 10 days ago by federal agents was carrying a laptop computer that contained photos of sadistic sex acts inflicted on children, some of them “held in bondage,” a court document shows.

Christopher Holmes, 55, of Wilton Manors, Fla., was arrested Friday and remained in a Florida jail Monday, accused of transporting child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. district court in Dallas.

Federal investigators have recovered “messenger chat logs” traced to Holmes in which he talked about his desire to violently rape and kill children, according to the complaint.

The pilot has flown 23 years for American.

“Capt. Holmes is withheld from service,” airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said Monday. “Any additional information will need to come from law enforcement.”

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation began in April when Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Milwaukee executed a search warrant as part of a methamphetamine investigation.

Several computers and electronic devices from an address in Milwaukee were seized and analyzed. Investigators then found “images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” according to the complaint.

Also on the computers, investigators found Yahoo messenger “chat logs” from 2007 to 2010 with a person using an account with the screen name “”

The user of that account talked about “his desire to violently rape and sexually assault children,” the complaint says.

DEA agents traced the account to an Internet protocol address belonging to Holmes and learned he was a Florida-based airline pilot who frequently traveled outside the United States. They passed the information to the South Florida Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations also were alerted. They placed a “look out” on Holmes, which allowed U.S. Customs and Border Protection “to stop Holmes if he was trying to cross the border.”

That’s what happened Aug. 16 when Holmes arrived at DFW Airport aboard an American Airlines flight from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Agents stopped Holmes and took his Toshiba laptop computer, which was examined by a Homeland Security expert in computer forensics who found “images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and being held in bondage,” according to the complaint.

The agent also found a three-page chat log dated Aug. 6 that contained “sadistic and violent descriptions of child rape, torture and murder,” the complaint says.

Also on the computer was “a photo of what appears to be a dead child” who had been tortured, the complaint says.

Holmes was arrested Friday in Fort Lauderdale by U.S. marshals. He was held Monday at the Broward County Jail, jail records show.

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