The CEO of a private jet company was busted for sex trafficking of children across state lines after he was caught trying to sell sex with two underage girls to an undercover agent, the New York Attorney General said.
Paul Alexander, 57, was arrested last week as part of a months-long investigation by the state prosecutor’s office and NYPD Vice Squad dubbed “Operation Mile High” in a nod to Alexander’s role as CEO of Central Jet Charter, Attorney General Letitia James’ office announced in a press release Saturday.
The investigation began in March, when an underage victim reported Alexander to the NYPD, alleging he pimped out and abused her and other girls, the AG said.
An undercover agent posing as a John then met with Alexander, who charged him $300 for sex with 12- and 14-year-old girls.
Alexander also encouraged the agent to ply the girls with marijuana and alcohol to make them more cooperative, according to the press release.
Alexander, a Level 3 registered sex offender, was arraigned Saturday in Bronx County Criminal Court on multiple counts of sex trafficking of a child and related charges.
He is the first to be charged with the newly enacted crime of child sex trafficking in New York state, which carries a steeper penalty than trafficking of adults.