A millionaire CEO from New Jersey who put his plane on autopilot to have sex with a teenage girl has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Stephen Bradley Mell, 53, previously pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of receipt of child pornography. He had been president and chief executive of W.H. Mell Associates, a Summit-based investing firm that specialized in municipal bond markets. The firm appears to have since folded, as its website is no longer online and a corporate phone number is no longer in service.
Mell had been accused of communicating with a 15-year-old girl via text message and Snapchat, eventually convincing the girl to send him pornographic photos and having sex with the girl while he was in flight on his private plane.