Civil Air Patrol Commander Convicted of Child Molestation

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal with convicted CAP Member Kris WardCapt Kristian Ward Civil Air Patrol with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

By Joe Johnson | Athens Banner-Herald

[Editor’s Note: We received this story on another Civil Air Patrol pedophile conviction.]

CAP-talk, CAP-news and AuxBeacon readers:

Former Squadron Commander CAP Captain Kristian “Kris” M. Ward of the GA-452 Clarke County Composite Squadron in Georgia Wing was found guilty of child molestation. Prior to his arrest in April 2015, Ward was the Deputy Commander at Barrow Jackson Composite Squadron in Winder, GA. Like the recent CAP Capt David Greenberg molestation case, Ward also had an FBI background check and went through the required CAP cadet protection training, but it did not prevent either from targeting and molesting CAP cadets.

Here are the details.

Former Athens Police Officer Convicted of Child Molestation

A former Athens-Clarke County police officer was found guilty of child molestation Friday night following a weeklong trial in Clarke County Superior Court.

The jury also found Kristin Matthew Ward guilty of enticing a child for indecent purposes and violating his oath as a police officer, but acquitted him of the more serious charge of aggravated sexual battery.

After hearing a week’s worth of testimony, it took jurors seven hours Friday — from 4 to 11 p.m. — to reach their verdict…

CAP Capt Kristin Matthew Ward

Three different juveniles had made allegations against Ward, and Wiltshire said he believed the jury convicted his client on just one count of child molestation because they felt the former officer had been engaged in a pattern of inappropriate behavior with the children…

The alleged victim was said by police to have been a cadet with the Civil Air Patrol unit based at Athens-Ben Epps Airport when Ward was both a police officer and commander of the air patrol unit.

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13 Comments on "Civil Air Patrol Commander Convicted of Child Molestation"

  1. Please add Arthur Perrault former US Air Force Chaplain

  2. A few months ago I [redacted].

    [Admin: If this is true, please refer your incident to law enforcement. Do not refer your matter to CAP’s command structure or General Counsel because they will use a combination of non-disclosure agreements, intimidation and isolation to prevent news of this from getting out.

  3. Want to see a glimpse into the life of a real CAP sexual predator, Kris Matthew Ward?

  4. Avatar Goober Patrol | October 12, 2018 at 07:05 | Reply

    An FBI background check won’t do anything if you’ve never been investigated or arrested before. The Cadet Protection Training won’t make a pedo stop being a pedo. It’s for the non-pedos to be able to recognize pedo behavior.

    Unfortunately CAP will continue to attract abusers because, well that’s where the kids are. It’s no different from church or sports teams.

    Credit needs to be given to these kids (in all the cases I’m reading about) for reporting the abuse and staying strong all the way through until a conviction was secured. It means CAP and the world is a little safer for the rest.

  5. Avatar ABEvalTour | July 27, 2018 at 02:26 | Reply

    This story is straight from the Athens-Banner Herald. Story is TRUE and making me SICK TO MY STOMACH.

  6. Another CAP Member has been charged with sexual assault of a cadet.

    “sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Schuylkill Haven girl while the two served in the Civil Air Patrol.”

  7. Avatar Squat Bubba | April 20, 2018 at 02:12 | Reply

    You guys at AB must expect us to do all the work for you, eh? Civil Air Patrol never shows remorse for what they have done to people and neither did Kris Matthew Ward. You never posted on the sentencing. 55 years to serve 44 in prison.

  8. On CAP’s official Twitter account, more than half of their followers are porn or spam bots. As a mother of a cadet, I am appalled that the CAP headquarters does not regularly monitor and control this. It sends a poor message to the public that large numbers of followers are more important than projecting a good image.

  9. Avatar Aspen Gold | April 4, 2018 at 05:49 | Reply

    I hope this doesn’t lead to more death by power point presentations of the cadet protection policy. Forcing us members of more of the do’s and don’ts seems to not be working.

    I think the CAP should eliminate the cadet program and focus its mission entirely on ES. The cadet program is nothing more than adults baby sitting kids. This would quickly eliminate the child molestation problem.

    • Avatar Just Plain Joe | May 1, 2018 at 20:25 | Reply

      The problem there is that CAP does not offer anything useful to emergency services.

      Corruption and incompetence aside, all they train for is finding ELTs and giving their radios to people who can make better use of them. Private pilots, CG, air liners, and local LEOs do that with their eye’s closed and far more. CAP does not and cannot provide EMS, they do not and cannot perfom evacuations. There is nothing they do that other resources don’t already do and surpass greatly.

      There’s a limit to what a bunch of self agrandizing geriatrics in busted ass fixed wings can accomplish, no matter how well funded. Making it so that can’t abuse kids isn’t going to somehow make them competent or intelligent.

      Plus, the majority of incidents CAP claims they respond to are at best resolved without their direct contribution, or at worst out right lies. I’d go as far as to say they haven’t done a single helpful thing since the 1940s, and even that barely rates a footnote in history.

      A cadet program is the only concievable justification for allowing the organization to exist, and even then, it’s not worth salvaging.

  10. On January 28th, 2010 The Office of Congressional Ethics completed a report that concluded Nathan Deal appeared to have improperly used his office staff to pressure Georgia officials to continue the state vehicle inspection program that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for his family’s auto salvage business.

    Deal would only state: “I have done nothing wrong and am not going to let this tarnish my (…) record of public service.”

    The OCE report stipulates:

    Representative Nathan Deal and his business partner own Recovery Services, Inc. a/k/a Gainesville Salvage & Disposal (‘GSD’), located in Gainesville, Georgia… The OCE does not take a position on Representative Deal’s motivations for inserting himself into discussions of potential modifications to a state vehicle inspection program… The OCE reviews the facts as presented at the time of review and does not take a position on whether Representative Deal’s income from GSD was mistakenly reported as earned income since 2006 on his federal income taxes… [F]or all the reasons stated above, the OCE Board recommends further review by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

    The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, otherwise known as the House Ethics Committee, never reported or commented on any investigation of Georgia Representative Nathan Deal. Why?

    Because Nathan Deal announced his resignation from Congress on March 1st, 2010 and this excluded him from the Office of Congressional Ethics’ jurisdiction.

    Civil Air Patrol members and Georgia Voters are willfully ignorant of this.

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