Ray Howland — who is 55 years old and lives in Texas but was visiting Pittsburgh on business — did not realize that he would be actually meeting with an undercover agent instead of the mother and daughter with both of whom he allegedly wanted to have sex while on his business trip; and he supposedly outlined the graphic details of his intentions in text and e-mail messages.
Howland — whose current position at American Airlines is a senior manager and has been employed by the airline since 1989 — was reportedly charged with one count each of:
Criminal attempt to commit rape of a child
Involuntary sexual intercourse
Unlawful contact with a minor
Criminal attempt to commit indecent assault, and
Criminal use of a communication facility
It is not known at this time whether other families have been contacted or affected by Howland, who was allegedly “looking for a family or a couple of girls” with whom to engage in sexual relations.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 — the day of the terrorist attacks in the United States — Howland received some of the first calls from Logan International Airport in Boston reporting the hijacking of the airplane which operated as American Airlines Flight 11. The airplane was hijacked by some of the terrorists and wound up striking into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York, exploding upon impact and eventually causing the collapse of the tower.
Ross Feinstein — who is the senior manager of corporate communications at American Airlines — released the following statement earlier this morning:
American Airlines holds its employees to the highest level of ethical standards. Employees who violate these standards are subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate termination. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement and do not intend to comment on this case publicly out of respect for all involved.