Civil Air Patrol commander got ‘weird,’ girl testifies

Civil Air Patrol

Aggregated by AuxBeacon News Staff

By Joe Pinchot | Herald Staff Writer

James Vessella, who was Mercer County Composite Squadron 122 commander until his December suspension, would occasionally pull the girl aside at CAP meetings. If she had missed a meeting, he would ask her why, she testified Thursday at Vessella’s preliminary hearing on charges that he corrupted the girl and had unlawful contact with her.

Vessella, 67, would pick up the girl from her home and, with her mom’s permission, take her to McDonald’s, where she would use the free Wi-Fi service to study CAP drills and jargon on her computer, she said.

But, things got weird when he started talking about her boyfriend, a subject she had not brought up with him, she said. Vessella told the girl her boyfriend was cheating on her and she should dump him, she said. Vessella also told her that the boy had given her an infection, she said.

“He (Vessella) got weird, saying he was going to give me some medicine for it,” she said.

Vessella went on to say he would show her a “slutty” movie, which she said she took to mean “something about porn.”

“He said it was going to open my eyes,” she said.

He offered to buy her a toy, which she said she took to mean a sex toy, she said.

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