Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MacDill Air Force Base pilot arrested in Brevard County, Florida, during child sex sting

Captain Christopher Everding

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A U.S. Air Force pilot is accused of driving from Tampa to Brevard County to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex, according to investigators.

 Capt. Christopher Everding was caught up in an online sting with Department of Homeland Security investigators.

At a hearing Wednesday Everding told a judge that he has hired an attorney. That attorney waved Everding's right to request bond Wednesday, so the pilot remains in federal custody without bond.

Everding is stationed at MacDill Air Force Base.

A picture posted on the Air Force's website in 2012 shows Everding after he earned an air medal for missions he flew in Afghanistan.

In 2013 he was honored by the Federal Aviation Administration for meeting exceptional aviation standards.

Department of Homeland Security investigations agents posted an ad on a website aimed at people who have a sexual interest in animals. In the ad they pretended to be the father of a 13-year-old girl.

Investigators said Everding responded to the ad, saying he was interested in meeting the girl for sex.

According to investigators, in one email Everding wrote that "he wanted to choke and pull the child's hair, because he like(s?) to be dominant."

They said that over the weekend he arrived in Brevard County with condoms and met with an undercover agent who was posing as the father of the young girl.

Investigators said that once he was confronted by agents he told them he had never before done anything like what he was being accused of.

They said he told them he viewed child pornography and had similar conversations with a child who as around 13 years old.

His attorney said he and his client would like to have a bond hearing later.

Air Force officials sent a statement saying that they are aware of the allegations and take them seriously.

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