By AuxBeacon News Reader
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We’ve been sifting through your many articles here along with the MARP reports and the commentary in captalk(.)net and in Facebook groups such as CAP Memes and You Know You Are In CAP When and [redacted].
What strikes us as disturbing is the complete lack of remorse we are seeing from Civil Air Patrol’s public affairs staff, commanders and pilots who have been caught. Caught defrauding public safety and taxpayers, forging documents, abusing cadets and threatening senior members, they respond with the politics of personal destruction enabled by a club of thirsty toadies vying for more decorations and promotions. We see that you and a few others have gone to great lengths to make this point. We have even seen aborted attempts from within the program, such as the work done by Col Stan Skrabut to expose the bleeding wound of recruiting and retention.
However, CAP’s problems are made much worse when guilty CAP members and their commanders double down in court rooms and public forums with indignation, arrogant stories of past Air Force service or supposed current community support for their actions.
The never ending stream of stories published here and the sentencing of former Georgia Wing Squadron Commander Kristian Matthew Ward explains the escalated punishment that the hazardous attitudes of CAP command heap upon itself.
The following statements are taken from Joe Johnson’s story in the Athens Banner Herald.
ATHENS, Ga. — A Clarke County Superior Court judge this week imposed a 55-year sentence on a former Athens-Clarke County police officer who was recently found guilty of sexually molesting underage boys who were under his supervision as cadets with the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol.
Ward’s victims were juvenile male cadets with the Civil Air Patrol unit based at Athens-Ben Epps Airport, and Ward was the unit’s commander, according to Athens-Clarke County police.
A jury took seven hours on March 23 to find Kristin Matthew Ward guilty of child molestation…
Defense attorney Morris “Mo” Wiltshire said he had asked for a sentence of 10 to 15 years, and the prosecution sought a 30-year sentence. But Ward apparently got a more severe sentence for not showing remorse.
According to the attorney, when Quick asked Ward if he had anything to say before she passed sentence, Ward “maintained his innocence and said he was confident that the trust the community had placed with him was well founded and that would be proven.”
Wiltshire said he advised Ward against making any such statements to the judge.
After Ward made those statements, the judge took a 20-minute recess and returned to impose the stiffer sentence, according to the defense attorney.
Civil Air Patrol commanders and their Inspectors General who make problems go away by targeting the victims are only inviting more investigations, more whistle-blowers, more spotlights, more exposure and a longer and more painful punishment period for themselves and the dues paying members.