That’s How Chaplains Do Pants in Civil Air Patrol!

Civil Air Patrol

By Major Ross Gelding, PhD

[Editor’s Note: We have all been very busy with travel and other projects. This story came in a few days ago and we have looked into it and it is now validated as true, except for the name of the source which is protected.]

AuxBeacon Staffers:

Your recent story with [CAP] Maj Gen Mark Smith’s letter on Civil Air Patrol member re-screening had a picture of him with his arms outstretched. I don’t know why, but this reminded me of a bit in a 1995 episode of Friends that appears inspired by convicted Civil Air Patrol member Edward Albert Newman. No joke, that was his name. This takes some time to explain, but I will try to keep it short.

Joey’s Tailor” was a bit gag in a September 1995 episode of Friends (S02E01 The One with Ross’ New Girlfriend) that ran like this:

Chandler: Yo, paisan. Can I talk to you for a sec? Your tailor… is a very bad man!

Joey: Frankie? What are you talking about?

Ross: [Ross enters and touches Chandler on the shoulder, who flinches]
Ross: Hey, what’s going on?

: Joey’s tailor… took advantage of me.

Ross: What?

Joey: No way. I’ve been going to the guy for 12 years.

Chandler: Oh, come on. He said he was going to do my inseam, and then he ran his hand up my leg, and then there was definite… cupping.

Joey: That’s how they do pants! First they go up one side, they move it over, then they go up the other side, they move it back, and then they do the rear.

Joey: [Chandler and Ross stare at him] What? Ross, would you tell him? Isn’t that how a tailor measures pants?

Ross: Yes. Yes, it is… In prison! What’s the matter with you?

Civil Air Patrol pedo Chaplain Tailor

How they do pants in prison and in Civil Air Patrol.

I swear to God, man, this is inspired from real life, a F[redacted]-up Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Officer that made the news just a few years prior. The current Commander of Missouri Wing Civil Air Patrol is Col John O’Neill and his Vice Commander is Lt Col Steve Aubuchon. In my opinion, both men are not moving to correct the corruption, so I really don’t care if they find out that I provided this to you in violation of gag orders. To delay my demise, please stick with my pseudonym. Here are the facts:

During 1988 and 1989, Edward Albert Newman served as acting chaplain, recruiting officer and public affairs officer of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) in St. Charles County, Missouri. At no time during his service with CAP did appellant’s duties require him to provide uniforms to the young boys involved in the organization. In April of 1988, fourteen year old T.W. attended a CAP meeting. At this gathering, appellant asked T.W. to try on some of the uniforms in a storeroom. None of the uniforms fit. Appellant, using a tailor’s measure, proceeded to measure T.W.’s arms and the inside of his legs as T.W. stood in his underwear. While measuring, appellant’s hand went inside TW.’s underwear, touched his genitals, and lingered there for a short time. Appellant then proceeded to measure the other leg. T.W. did not report the incident, thinking it may have been an accident.

In September or October of 1988, S.F., a thirteen year old Civil Air Patrol member, stopped by appellant’s trailer to drop off a newspaper article concerning the organization. Appellant requested that S.F. try on a couple of CAP uniforms. Although S.F. asked to use the bathroom for changing, appellant insisted S.F. use appellant’s bedroom. When the pants did not fit, appellant brought out a tape measure, measuring the inside of S.F.’s thighs a number of times. In so doing, appellant’s knuckles moved inside S.F.’s underwear and against his genitals. Shocked and embarrassed, S.F. backed away and quickly left the room saying he heard his mother calling. S.F. did not report the incident at that time.

A few months later, in January of 1989, appellant contacted twelve year old M.L., a new member of Civil Air Patrol, to schedule a CAP-required, one-mile run. Appellant picked up M.L. and drove him to St. Charles West High School for the run. Although appellant told M.L. that other cadets would be running, no one else showed up. M.L. completed his mile, then accompanied appellant to his trailer for a soda. Upon arriving at the trailer, appellant asked M.L. to try on some of the CAP uniforms. M.L. asked to use the bathroom for changing, but appellant insisted he use the bedroom. After the first pair of pants did not fit, appellant pulled out the tape measure. While measuring M.L.’s inseam, appellant slid his hand under M.L.’s underwear touching his genitals. M.L. told appellant to stop. After squeezing M.L.’s genitals, appellant picked M.L. up, held him to his chest in a bear hug, twirled him around, then threw him on the bed, pinning him face down. As M.L. screamed, attempting to struggle from appellant’s grasp, appellant ran his tongue down M.L.’s bare back, turned him over and pulled M.L.’s pants and underwear down to his ankles. Appellant touched M.L.’s genitals with his tongue, stopping only after M.L. kicked him in the groin. On the drive home, appellant asked M.L. what had happened that afternoon. M.L. told appellant he had run his mile and tried on a few uniforms. Appellant informed M.L. that if anyone was told of the actual events of the afternoon, M.L.’s home would be blown up with dynamite. M.L. told no one.

Thirteen year old J.D. was also a member of Civil Air Patrol. In March of 1989, appellant came to J.D.’s home with uniform fatigues for J.D. to try on. As J.D. entered his brother’s room to try on the pants, appellant followed him. When the pants did not fit, appellant produced his tape measure and proceeded to measure J.D.’s inseam. In so doing, appellant bumped J.D.’s groin. A few weeks later when appellant showed up with more uniforms, another bout of measuring took place. Though appellant did not touch J.D. in the groin area, his hand did bump J.D. on the outside of his underwear. J.D. never reported these incidents as he didn’t feel anything had happened.

In August 1989, Mary Ruth Krueger, Captain of the St. Charles CAP, asked appellant to leave CAP. Appellant continued to attend CAP functions and in September, Krueger again told appellant he was not to be involved in CAP activities. Appellant acquiesced, yet it was not until after November 1989 that he ceased appearing at CAP-related functions.

In November of 1989, M.L. informed his father of some of appellant’s behavior. Appellant was charged by Information on May 1, 1990. Said information was later amended on July 24, 1990, charging appellant as a prior and persistent offender. A jury found appellant guilty of all six counts charged. On October 1, 1990, appellant was sentenced by the trial court as a prior and persistent offender to fifteen years each on the three counts of sodomy, seven years on deviate sexual assault in the first degree, and one year in the county jail on both counts of indecent exposure. These sentences were to run consecutively.

I’m not sh[17]ing you, the source for all the above came to light in 1992 and can be found here:

I don’t have the time to punch this up with artwork, but I figure you will be able to do that. Good luck with your efforts in exposing Civil Air Patrol leadership.

Sign me: Ross Gelder, PhD Major Civil Air Patrol

Related Stories:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri on August 31, 1991

26 Comments on "That’s How Chaplains Do Pants in Civil Air Patrol!"

  1. Yuck, any evidence this is still going on?

  2. AuxBeacon has become the News of Record for members of Civil Air Patrol looking to understand the corrupt politics between those who would expose and those who would suppress and conceal. As Maj Gen Mark Smith has admitted that the CAP culture needs to be changed, here’s another shot fired in that conflict.

    Yesterday, August 17th 2018, and in the days leading up to Civil Air Patrol’s 2018 National Conference in Anaheim Calif., Spaatz cadet Colonel Holly Fieglein published a YouTube video with a customized thumbnail that many consider a violation of CAP NHQ policy and regulations. Is it?

    [link redacted]

  3. Avatar Lost Shepherd | August 16, 2018 at 14:07 | Reply

    Four years ago, I saw a request for any information on Lost Shepherds of the Military Chaplain’s Association. With the news out of Pennsylvania, I’m surprised that you are not showing the interSEXion of CAP Chaplains and pedophile priests.

    The solicitation ran:

    Over the years, we lose contact with members who move, change their e-mail address, or die. If you know where any of these members are today, please let us know:

    Kerry M. Abbott, USAF
    Leonard A Abercrombie, DVA
    Alfred J. Abernethy, USAF
    Lionel Abeywickrema, CAP
    Gene Abrams, CAP
    David Acuff, Arlington National Cemetery
    Benjamin H. Adams, Jr., USAF
    Billy J. Adams, CAP
    Louis H. Adams, USAF
    William D. Aders, USN
    Peter Agdamag, USA
    Bruce Aiken, USA

    I don’t know about the others, but Lionel Abeywickrema, CAP, died in 2008. Three sisters accused him of sexually abusing them in mid-1960s when he was at St Bernadette’s parish in Albuquerque and they were ages 6 to 14. The women reached out-of-court settlements with the Santa Fe archdiocese and his named was included in the Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/2017.

  4. Happy Fourth of July!

    If creepy CAP Seniors can play Chaplain dressed up in Air Force Blues, then a true conservative American Atheist can also use Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force style uniform to speak out against and undo the damage done by misguided liberals, Christians and Jews who haven’t learned a lick of history.

    Cadet Nicholas Cooper is a hero! He might soon be teaching all of Civil Air Patrol about the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the reach and limits of the 1939 Hatch Act.

  5. I am a witness to a lot of local CAP commander anger against your project. They are PO’d over the stories that linger to remind the public of their abuses and incompetence. I notice you are careful in vetting your stories, but please also be careful with the comments you receive. I hear they have plans attack you in the same way that Project Veritas just tried to pass a false Roy Moore pregnancy and abortion story to the Washington Post.

  6. This is for the Chappy below.

    No sane CAP member believes the $5M number would be found in the public budget. I would bet that the real purpose of Crossed’s comment was to expose the person attempting to impress naive cadets & their parents with [baloney] and to direct attention to CAP’s agenda with Christian home-schoolers.

    Because of ever worsening retention problems with the woke, Civil Air Patrol is now targeting the weakest-minded people so that embezzlers and abusers like [ed. redacted] can hold power without being challenged by underlings.

    A quick web search of “Civil Air Patrol and Homeschooling” will nail the coffin shut in convincing you:

    Civil Air Patrol and Homeschooling | The Momma Knows › Homeschooling
    Jul 9, 2013 – If you homeschool and have middle or high schoolers, CAP may be a great program for your family.

    Home School Success Story – CAP Members
    CAP members with confidence. She. By Lenore Vickrey. Homeschooled Cadets. Families Across America Turn to CAP for Leadership Skills. Civil Air Patrol…

    How to Become a Civil Air Patrol Cadet – Practical Homeschooling
    www .

  7. Wendell Jerome Brave who taught social studies at Cedarcrest Junior High School in Spanaway, Washington and was an officer and adviser to the students’ Civil Air Patrol unit, was charged Nov 2003 with three counts of third-degree child rape, and one count of third degree child molestation.

  8. Civil Air Patrol’s use of the “Chaplain Corps” to manipulate youth in Missouri has always irked me in how it arrogantly reinforces falsehoods and divides us across demographics and education levels. If Christianity was not a ludubrium, our government would not allow our citizens and service members to simply ignore it.

  9. Avatar Smith500Holder | November 6, 2017 at 05:30 | Reply

    I suppose this is an important, if old, story to add if you didn’t have it.

    More recently and urgently, I am still so personally disgusted by Jonathan Holder and Mark Smith that I’ll hand you a story you seemed to have missed but should be front and center on your timeline.

    “Since 2013, military investigators have documented at least 500 cases of serious misconduct among its GENERALS, ADMIRALS and senior civilians, almost half of those instances involving personal or ethical lapses.

    Yet despite the widespread abuses, the Pentagon does no trend analysis to determine whether the problem is worsening, nor does it regularly announce punishments for generals and admirals — all public figures.”

    A rising number of Civil Air Patrol PARENTS know that if USAF is this tainted and broken, then CAP leaders must be sitting on top of an utter cesspool.

    We don’t want our children to salute these gutter generals and CAP imitators. We want to see OSI and FBI perform the required arrests and toss this garbage into prison for growing a culture that has decimated and humiliated our military and weakened our national security.

  10. From my own experience, I noticed that nobody seemed to care or want to help the young victims. I’d hear about the molesters in the CAP that were eventually reported to law enforcement. Rarely, did the CAP members report it. It was usually the parents, victims or friends that came forth. Some took decades to bring them to justice as they raped many many youth. I was told many times to always go to the GC and let them handle it when I saw something odd going on. Quickly, it went silent as it was swept under the rug and never reported while the victims suffered greatly. If I had known this from the start, I would of never of joined the CAP. It seemed to always be about protecting the CAP corporation.

    • I was a “CAP spouse” for over 18 years. I served alongside my husband at the wing and region levels.

      The common consensus was never to complain about any sexual affairs, assaults or molestations in the CAP. This is because it would “reflect poorly on the CAP” and “hurt the innocent cadets”.

      Any complaints that did come in went to HQ and there they halted. The offenders would be given a tongue lashing, which sounds like this Chaplain, but actually just meant a stern warning.

      That approach didn’t work, it just made them more sneaky and soon there were more and more cases. So many that you had too look hard not to find someone who wasn’t involved or helping conceal. The calling out of any one individual would have led to that person exposing all the others.

  11. This is a 25 year old story, these problems have been fixed with CPPT.

    • Really??? What about all the recent molestaions in the CAP????

      CPPT was something pushed by CAP’s insurance company. It didn’t stop Greenberg, Governale, etc. CPPT is a joke!

    • Nah, I strongly disagree. This story was not previously in the “AuxBeacon Files” and the new recruits don’t know about it because it has been buried under gag orders. As a lesson-learned, the case really did need to be added and the member with this awareness of MOWG history is doing our families a service. More of us can be on the watch for this now.

      The recent public story with convicted Civil Air Patrol child molester David Greenberg in North Carolina Wing and the pending trial of the Athens squadron commander cop from Georgia Wing proves that this problem has not been solved. There are other cases in North Carolina that are sealed.

      CAP wouldn’t be looking to rescreen on the cheap if the problem was solved.

    • Avatar Just Plain Joe | January 26, 2018 at 20:08 | Reply

      Are you serious? Do you actually believe that a series of powerpoints is capable of stopping a child rapist or other predator?

      When I was in, a 21 year old guy assaulted a 16 year old girl. Even if it was consensual (there’s reason to beleive it wasn’t), it was statutory rape in that state. 16 year old girl got booted, everyone was threatened into silence, c/colonel rapist-anyway-you-slice-it got a fullride to the airforce academy.

      Maybe things have improved, but you’re delusional to think CPPT does anything but potentially cover their butts in court. You’re even more delusional if you think it’s not happening just because it doesn’t make the news.

  12. Avatar CAP CHAPLAIN | November 5, 2017 at 18:48 | Reply

    While I am sickened to read the account shared by Maj Gelder, keep in mind that this incident occurred nearly 30 years ago. The matter was pursued legally and justice was served. In the ensuing years CAP has taken measures to protect our cadets from such evil individuals — background checks/fingerprinting; CPPT; etc. This shameful incident shared does not reflect the current state of the CAP Chaplain Corps.

    • Avatar Just Plain Joe | January 26, 2018 at 20:17 | Reply

      Nobody is a criminal till they get caught. All a background check and finger printing does is prove that you’ve never been arrested a booked on a warrant.

      According to his neighbors, ted kaczynski was a real nice guy. They were shocked to learn he had the bad habit of mailing bombs to people.

      I knew a reformed cocaine dealer who claimed to have killed 5 people. He’s never had so much as a parking ticket and most people think he’s a charming teddy bear.

  13. Many molesters don’t believe anyone will actually conduct a background check. One organization demonstrated that notion through its own experience. The Civil Air Patrol started conducting criminal background checks on approximately 31,000 adult volunteers in 1988. In the first four years of the background checks, the Civil Air Patrol found 70 convicted sex offenders applying to work with the young people in their program. That is more than 15 convicted child molesters a year.


  14. I wish there was a way to end the buy-offs to silence the employees and commanders who know about how the rank & file have been abused in Civil Air Patrol.

    • The only thing that appears to be working is having the members share buried stories and comparing notes through NOTF and AuxBeacon. That helped drive the exit Don Rowland and a few others.

  15. When I was at a recent wing conference event, a national representative said the CAP chaplain corps gets $5 million per year. What in the world do they do with $5 million dollars per year? I rarely ever see any chaplains in my wing, let alone the CAP. $5 million dollars, geez, why do they need that much? I would think this money could be better spent on the cadet programs and emergency services. Can I report this as FWA?

    • Avatar CAP CHAPLAIN | November 5, 2017 at 18:28 | Reply

      Whoever made that assertion is way off-base. I can attest that the FY17 budget for the CAP Chaplain Corps was $27,500 which included the travel expenses ($13,000 – conferences/staff colleges, meetings with USAF Chaplain Corps, Military Chaplains Association, etc.)for the Chief of Chaplains and deputies for official business as representatives of CAP as well as the conducting of the 8 Chaplain Corps Region Staff Colleges ($14,000. The remaining amount was for supplies and awards. $5 million would be awesome…but the $27,500 is adequate.

    • Avatar BudgetNumbers | November 5, 2017 at 20:12 | Reply

      That number is way off and you are citing hearsay, nothing you found in an Annual Report. I am surprised AuxBeacon let that go, unless it was a feint to see who would respond with the correct numbers.

      • The CAP annual report does not specifically detail the funding down to the last dime. It has gotten less transparent over the past 5 years.

      • I had submitted the FY 2016-17 budget for the Chaplain Corps when this was posted. It never appeared, so I resubmitted it. Never has been acknowledged. Oh well….but I can attest, the 5M number is not the actual figure….it is more like 20K.

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