According to U.S.-based media outlet ABC Action, authorities have arrested a man who is believed to have paid 18,000 dirhams ($5,000) to fly from Dubai to Florida to have sex with a 7-year-old child.
The man, identified as William Ball, is originally from Mississippi and was working as a music teacher at the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai. Prior to his latest appointment in Dubai, he was employed by the Qatar Academy in Doha.
The federal indictment against Ball only lists the charges and does not give details about the alleged crime, but during a hearing in a federal court in Tampa, the prosecutor explained that Hall was using the internet and a mobile phone to set up and meet a 7-year-old, media reports stated.
According to the prosecutor, Ball paid 18,000 dirhams ($5,000) to buy a plane ticket and traveled to the U.S. to meet the child. When he was apprehended, the prosecutor says he was carrying items for a child, condoms, and lubricant with him.
The prosecutor went on to state that they have extensive internet conversations and an online history regarding the case, which is being handled by the Department of Homeland Security.
The accused is now being charged with soliciting a minor for sex and child pornography.
StepFeed has reached out to both Qatar Academy in Doha and the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai, but we were unable to get a comment or statement on the matter.