Pilot accused of online solicitation in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) - A Minnesota pilot is scheduled for a court hearing today for allegedly flying to Houston for a meeting with a 12-year-old boy.

Authorities say 28-year-old Steven Donald Anderson had been sending sexually explicit messages to the boy. He remains jailed in Houston on two counts of online solicitation of a minor. Bond is set at $200,000 for each charge.

Deputies arrested Anderson on Friday at the boy's home. The
officers say Anderson told them he was on vacation and was just
going to visit his friend, whom he thought was 14.

A teacher who allegedly caught the boy sending text messages during class days earlier alerted authorities. The Houston Chronicle reports the teacher read some of the messages Anderson sent after taking away the boy's BlackBerry.

Investigators pretended to be the boy and contacted Anderson on Thursday to confirm his arrival the next day.

Anderson works as a pilot for Mesaba Airlines, a commuter company owned by Minnesota-based Northwest Airlines. Investigators say he and the boy met on the social networking site MySpace after Halloween, investigators said.

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