Alleged Sex Crimes with Boy Cadets in North Carolina Wing

CAP Capt David J. GreenbergCAP Capt David J. Greenberg

By Independent Tribune

[Editor’s Note: Despite the FBI Background check and the CAP Cadet Protection Training that adult members are required to do, child molestation, sexual harassment and other sex crimes are on the rise in the CAP. It usually requires the parents or victims to report allegations to law enforcement since the adult members will not jeopardize their CAP position to protect the youth. They also fear reprisal which is the standard in the CAP today when one reports regulation violations and crimes to CAP National Headquarters.]

Detectives hope to find more evidence of child pornography on the work computers and cellphone of a Charlotte man charged with sex crimes involving two Cabarrus County minors.

Captain David Joseph Greenberg, 35, [of the North Carolina Wing] was charged with two counts of felony taking indecent liberties with a child in July and investigators continue to compile evidence.

“It is my belief that persons who sexually assaulted children would reasonably be interested in naked or nude photographs of children and ‘souvenirs’ of the abuse such as children’s underwear,” Detective A.G. Samples wrote in an affidavit to obtain a search warrant of Greenberg’s work. “A reasonable officer such as me can and does conclude that David Joseph Greenberg may have evidence located at his workplace that shows a sexual attraction to children.”

The case originated Sunday, July 3, when the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office received a report. The parents of two Cabarrus County teens contacted law enforcement about sexual exploitation of and indecent liberties with a minor. The two 14-year-olds were members of a Civil Air Patrol Academy [CAP cadet encampment] in Charlotte, and Greenberg was a leader of that group [111th Search & Rescue Composite Squadron], according to court documents.

One of the children, referred to as Victim 1 in the affidavit, went to Carowinds with Greenberg in June. Greenberg insisted on picking the child up and driving him home afterwards.

According to an affidavit, Greenberg asked Victim 1 to change in the same stall while in a changing room at the park.

“When Victim 1 said no, Greenberg offered him $50 and then up to $500 over a period of time,” the affidavit said. “After this, victim 1 went into multiple other stalls to get away from Greenberg, but Greenberg followed him to each stall, peeking through the cracks.”

Also at the park, the CAP leader touched the teen [CAP cadet] about 10 times while waiting in line for rides, mostly around Victim 1’s chest and nipple, according to court documents.

Later that in the car, the teenager [CAP cadet] sat in the front passenger seat. Greenberg insisted on playing the nervous game, where one person touches the other person’s leg, slowly moving up the thigh until they get nervous and stay stop. According to the affidavit, Greenberg kept touching victim 1’s leg even though the teen said he didn’t want to play.

Court documents said the two stopped at the airport as well as China Buffet and Walmart near Concord Mills on the way home. At Walmart, Greenberg went in to get aloe for the teenager’s sunburn.

In June 2016, the Civil Air Patrol group had a pool party at one of the volunteer’s houses in South Carolina. According to court documents, Greenberg followed Victim 2 to the bathroom and set up a phone to record him.

“Greenberg kept trying to put the aloe on him and had him take his shirt off to do so even though Victim 1 wanted to wait until he got home to do so,” the affidavit said. “While this was happening, Victim 1 believes that Greenberg was taking pictures of Victim 1 Also on the way home, Greenberg continued to grab Victim 1’s hand, trying to put it in his groin region. Greenberg then tried to get Victim 1 to sleep over that night.”

[Note: Capt David J. Greenberg originally started with the Suffolk Cadet Squadron 10 in Holbrook, NY in May 2012. He also served on the New York Wing Cadet Encampment Staff in 2013 as the Golf Flight Training Officer for Cadets. Since May 2015, he has been the Finance Officer of the 111th Search & Rescue Composite Squadron in Charlotte, North Carolina.]

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6 Comments on "Alleged Sex Crimes with Boy Cadets in North Carolina Wing"

  1. Skip Munger | June 17, 2017 at 14:22 | Reply

    From “News of the Force,” Friday, June 16, 2017

    A Charlotte, N.C., man has pleaded guilty to sex crimes against two Cabarrus County teens. David Joseph Greenberg, 36, a former volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol, received 16 to 29 months in prison for two counts of felony indecent liberties with two Cabarrus County 14-year-olds involved in the CAP cadet program. He also received a 25-year sentence for related charges out of Mecklenburg County. The Cabarrus County plea agreement was signed on March 14th, while the decision out of Mecklenburg came on March 10th. The Cabarrus County case originated on Sunday, July 3, 2016, when the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office received a report. The parents of two Cabarrus County teens contacted law enforcement about sexual exploitation of and indecent liberties with a minor. The two 14-year-olds were members of a Civil Air Patrol academy in Charlotte, and Greenberg was a leader of that group, according to court documents. One of the children went to Carowinds with Greenberg in June. Greenberg insisted on picking the child up and driving him home afterwards. According to an affidavit, Greenberg asked the child to change in the same stall while in a changing room at the park. “When [the child] said no, Greenberg offered $50 and then up to $500 over a period of time,” the affidavit said. “After this, [the child] went into multiple other stalls to get away from Greenberg, but Greenberg followed to each stall, peeking through the cracks.” Also at the park, the CAP leader touched the teen about 10 times while waiting in line for rides, according to court documents. Later that day in the car, the teenager sat in the front passenger seat. Greenberg insisted on playing the nervous game, where one person touches the other person’s leg, slowly moving up the thigh until they get nervous and stay stop. According to the affidavit, Greenberg kept touching the child’s leg even though the teen declined to play. The Charlotte man also threatened the teen, according to court documents, saying he wanted to lock the minor in his trunk and tagging the child in a picture of the trunk on Instagram. When the minor approached Greenberg about a naked picture the man posted on social media, according to court documents, Greenberg asked the teen not to tell his parents and if he got caught he would kill himself. Greenberg also had pictures of another child on his phone, court documents said, and that teen told law enforcement Greenberg had tickled him several times over his years with the CAP. According to the affidavit, Greenberg asked that child to send pictures of himself without a shirt or pants and followed him to the bathroom at a pool party and setting up a phone to record him. Greenberg was arrested on Thursday, July 7th. According to court documents, the maximum sentence Greenberg could have received in Cabarrus County was 118 months but was offered a lesser jail time. The plea agreement required Greenberg have no contact with the victims or their families and mandated psychiatric or psychological counseling. Greenberg must receive mental health treatment, obtain a sex offender assessment and comply with any recommended treatment. The court also required Greenberg register as a sex offender for 30 years. In addition to the Cabarrus County charges, Greenberg entered a guilty plea in Mecklenburg County to two counts of statutory sex offense with a minor, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Greenberg also had outstanding warrants out of New York, where he served with the CAP in 2012 and 2013, according to AuxBeacon News. According to a search warrant issued in
    Cabarrus County in January, Greenberg was charged with 19 counts of sexual abuse against juveniles out of Suffolk County, N.Y., in February 2016. Those charges include four counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, three counts of using a child in sexual performance as a sexually motivated felony, four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, three counts of a course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree, four counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child and endangering the welfare of a child. The indictment out of Suffolk County was filed in September 2016. The warrant stated that Greenberg was in New York when he committed the crimes but fled from justice.

  2. Civil Air Patrol Captain David Greenberg made a comment to (victim 1) about how he would like to lock him in his trunk and drive away,” the affidavit said. “Greenberg then tagged victim 1 on Instagram with a picture of his trunk.”

    http://www.independenttribune.com/news/investigators-seek-more-evidence-in-sex-case/

  3. I was in CAP as a cadet in the 1980s and I was sexually abused by one of the adult members, a LT. I reported it to one of the other LT’s who informed the Group Commander of the incident. About a week later I was interviewed by one of the adult officers who was also a deputy sheriff. He told me it was best if I didn’t report it because I would be the one embarrassed by the incident and advised me to quit, which I did. I regret not filing charges against that person because I found out he abused others.

  4. The Air Force has had (at least) the following Major Scandals since the turn of the Millennium:

    1. 2000: Sex abuse scandal of cadets at the USAF Academy. Gen John D. Hopper, the commandant of cadets at the time, and Gen Nicholas Kehoe, were appointed to the Board of Governors of the Civil Air Patrol by the then SecAF.
    2. 2007: Nuclear missile mishap at Minot AFB, which cost the SecAF and his Chief of Staff their positions.
    3. 2011: Dover AFB Mortuary Scandal.
    4. 2012: F-22 Scandal: Two AF pilots risk their careers to go on 60 Minutes with their Congressional representative to expose potentially life threatening oxygen failures on the F-22.
    5. 2013: Lackland AFB basic training sex scandals.
    6. 2014: Drug Trafficking at 6 Air Force Bases, 1 in UK.
    7. 2014: Cheating on USAF exams at Malmstrom AFB.
    8. 2014: USAF Academy football team sex scandal

    Welcome to the “Total Force” of corruption, misconduct, abuse of authority, sex scandals and multiple cover ups with little to no accountability. The CAP was a welcome addition since they fit right in.

  5. We had a problem in South Carolina Wing that you seemed to have missed. Look up 2nd Lt. Michael R. Desrochers, deputy commander for cadets.

    Nicknamed “Lt. Dad-rochers” by the cadets, he is a former cadet himself. And, at age 31, he said he “can bridge the gap right now. A lot of them don’t have fathers. They become my sons and daughters.”

    Visit http://www.scwg.cap.gov/sptg

    • Thanks for the information Anon. We have received the details of this CAP member that was caught and convicted with child pornography in South Carolina Wing. It will be posted on AuxBeacon for all to see soon.

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