Civil Air Patrol’s Col. Thomas Handley Testifies Regarding Arrests vs Convictions

Civil Air Patrol Col Thomas Handley on Child Protection
Civil Air Patrol Col Thomas Handley on Child Protection

by CAP Arrestor | AuxBeacon News Contributor

[Editor’s Note: A very knowledgeable current CAP member has a message for those ignoring the problems in Washington Wing.]

AuxBeacon Readers and Former CAP Members:

With regard to the mess currently being exposed in Jon Stokes’ Pacific Region and Washington Wing regarding Civil Air Patrol Pimp Mark Norton and Shelly Norman and Jessica Jerwa, I would like to figuratively grab Dale Newell by his ears and Martha King by the frizz and press their noses to the excrement they are sweeping under the rug. One of the nice things about the longevity of your AuxBeacon service is that the BOG members are no longer insulated by any newly contrived CAP regulation to prevent a member from writing a letter to a Board Member to expose them.

Back in the summer of 1993 at the Child Protection Act Hearings, the last members of the panel to testify were Civil Air Patrol’s legal counsel Col Thomas Handley of Montgomery Alabama and Renova Williams, Civil Air Patrol Human Resources. Handley provided his testimony concerning the National Child Protection Act which would create a national database with the names of persons convicted of crimes against children.

While it would be true to state that “Civil Air Patrol has been involved in Child Abuse… for many years” what Handy Handley actually said in this hearing was that: “Civil Air Patrol has been involved in the Child Abuse issue for many years.” Those who claim it is the same thing are not wrong. Civil Air Patrol has a horrible record of concealment and attempted concealment regarding their member offenses. Here are his statements in 1993 for evaluation in 2003, 2013 and 2023.

Here’s the transcript:

Thank you Mister Chairman and members of the committee. We appreciate the opportunity to appear and testify. I will try to be brief. Many of the views we have have on this legislation have been announced by Mister Ponce.

Civil Air Patrol is chartered by the Congress under Title 36 as a Federal Corporation.
It also serves as the proud auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
In its operations it performs over 85% of all the inland search and rescue.
It is now heavily engaged in counter narcotics activities in passive surveillance and reporting.
Disaster relief taking an active role in many disasters including the floods that plague the central part of this country.

The third mission that we perform under the charter of Congress is that of an active Cadet Program. We have over 20,000 cadets under the supervision of 30,000 senior members. We call our adult volunteers Senior Members. We are an all volunteer program. We are funded under Title 10 under the armed services committee to a certain extent for logistics and support.

Civil Air Patrol has been involved in the Child Abuse issue for many years.

In 1988 we began a program with the cooperation of the FBI to conduct a nationwide finger print screening program. We have been engaged in that program since then and at the present time all of our senior members are required to have a finger print submitted to the FBI. We have established a procedure within our organization to review the records which include both arrests and convictions. And we exercise a quality control review of those records and it has been a very valuable program.

We greatly support the legislation. We would like to add that there are certain things that we would suggest it include, such as a provision to include arrest records along with convictions. It has been our experience that in certain individuals you will find a pattern of arrest for such things as indecent exposure or sordid type of sexual things with no disposition and that indicates a pattern of sexual problem. i think if the legislation stops at only convictions I think you will deprive the evaluators of a very valuable tool in screening out people who are what we call the pedophiles. We have found in our review of this subject that there are some very, very dedicated pedophiles out there that infiltrate youth organizations. Volunteers primarily, such as the NAMBLA the Men and Boy Love Association which operates under a specific charter and they attempt to devise ways to infiltrate one organization after another to have sex with young boys. These organizations require a careful screening that I think that this bill will help protect against.

The other thing that we think the committee ought to consider is somehow permitting youth organizations, particularly the volunteers, to exchange membership lists or lists of members that we have disqualified for sexual misconduct. Since these pedophiles are known to go from organization to organization, if we as the Civil Air Patrol have had a case where, although not prosecuted as a criminal offense, that we have shown that they are inclined to molest a child and we keep a record of that it would be very helpful it we would have the freedom to exchange that information with the other volunteer organizations. We think such a provision would be very helpful in the screening of pedophiles in the prevention of child abuse.

We totally support Mr. Potts’ view that the bill will establish a new standard of care in this industry. I have had the responsibility for monitoring the litigation of the few cases that we have had and they are devastating because the parents of children who are abused now, in addition to prosecuting the individuals, have turned to civil remedies against the youth organizations. And under the plaintiff’s bar they have proceeded to have a whole series of theories of liability under which claims are made for negligent employment and negligent retention. These cases are tremendously emotional and they have resulted in multi-million dollar judgments, settlements and so on. I think the committee, and Mr Dempsey was kind enough to bring this to our attention a few months ago, I think the committee ought to know that the insurance industry is rapidly withdrawing from this market. We are losing our insurance in December of this year for what they call SAME Sex and Molestation Exposure. The GL market has now determined that this is unpredictable unratable type of risk that they don’t want to cover…

It goes on and Handley gets handed a correction from Big Brothers and Sisters which he then needs to disagree with. The finding is that Civil Air Patrol was having significantly more problems and more expensive problems no doubt because of the chain of command intimidation structure.

The point you should make here is that in 1993 Col Thomas A. Handley of Civil Air Patrol is arguing that an arrest is an important data-point, even if there is no conviction. That standard should apply to Washington Wing Commander Shelly Norman and if you look at CAPTalk, members disgusted with the Norman-Jerwa-Norton show in Washington Wing are voicing out there.

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