Civil Air Patrol Officer Charged with Sexually Assaulting Girl

Civil Air PatrolDarin Pickles, center, director of operations for the Lebanon YMCA, receives a certificate of appreciation recently for partnering with U.S. Air Force Auxillary, Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 307 and coordinating winter training sessions indoors. Also pictured are, from left, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Mantz. (Source: Lebanon Daily News)

By Frank Andruscavage | Republican Herald

Williamstown Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Girl, 15

ELIZABETHVILLE — A Williamstown man is free on bail, charged by state police at Lykens with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Schuylkill Haven girl while the two served in the Civil Air Patrol.

Ryan Austin Mantz, 21, of 233 N. West St., of [Pennsylvania Wing] was arrested by Trooper Hilary Faust and charged with one felony count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person under the age of 16, unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, along with one misdemeanor count of indecent assault.

Faust charged Mantz with incidents at his residence between Dec. 1, 2017, and April 30 while he and the teenager served as cadets in the Civil Air Patrol program based in Lebanon [Lebanon VFW Cadet Squadron].

Faust said the incidents came to light on May 2, when Civil Air Patrol Lt Matthew Bartal [who is also a police chief for North Annville Township in Lebanon County] reported an alleged sexual assault incident between two cadets.

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4 Comments on "Civil Air Patrol Officer Charged with Sexually Assaulting Girl"

  1. There was a lot going on with this squadron with the person in charge of the squadron. I put in many complaints and unacceptable behavior. Favoritism, early promotion for other cadets, the list goes on. When my teen joined, I and my teen were proud to have joined civil air patrol. After all this, my teen left civil patrol. I am sorry to say even though the squadron is under a new leader, I can’t help but worry in the back of my head what is going to happen again. I liked what civil patrol represented, but I don’t like what was shown to me. You are only as strong as your leader.

  2. If Matthew Bartal hadn’t reported it to the Police, National would not have done so. It would have been covered up to “protect the guilty and the reputation of the failing organization.” Mark Smith should give Bartal a citation.

  3. Regina Ayes Holder | May 23, 2018 at 00:46 | Reply

    I’ve been following along with the human garbage that posts on Civil Air Patrol in the Facebook Group You Know You Are in CAP When. These are like people from Jerry Springer and I can’t believe Maj Gen Mark Smith and Regina Aye supported Jonathan Holder after he said that Rep Stephanie Clayton should “swing from a tree”. And now he has appeared in YKYICW to say:

    Jonathan Holder: $20 says they marry the day she turns 18 or the day after his probation ends.

    Jonathan Holder: I gotta ask, ever watch Duck Dynasty? Google Phil and Kay Robertson and see what ages they dated, had kids and got married.

    [Redacted]: And you’re saying duck dynasty is how we should live??? See I don’t watch those fake made for stupid entertainment “reality” shows. I still have brain cells.

    Jonathan Holder [Redacted] Considering that they’ve been married over 50 years and were multimillionaires long before the show they’re obviously doing something right.

    I work in Human Resources and we could never recommend hiring people who behave this way in public. Check your contact system for the screen shots.

    • Just my opinion, but I agree that Mr. Holder continues to represent Civil Air Patrol in a most negative way with his recent comments about all his ammunition. As an educator, I am not comfortable with the risk that these personalities pose to those who would teach their cadets Moral Leadership or STEM.

      Because of these frequent safety, sex and abuse issues and command’s failure to correct the culture once it had been exposed, the good have fled and Civil Air Patrol has fast become an incestuous school of reptilian regression under bad leadership.

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