'Stranger danger' classes set in KMC after reports of alleged molestation
By JENNIFER H. SVAN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 30, 2012
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force is offering two classes this week to inform parents of “stranger danger” following reports of alleged cases of child molestation and attempted child abduction at Kaiserslautern area military bases.
The goal of “Stranger Danger ‘Lunch and Learn’ for Parents” is to remind parents to maintain vigilance and to instill good safety habits in children, said the 86th Airlift Wing spokesman, Juan Melendez, in an email.
Josie Cordova, the Airman and Family Services Flight chief for the 86th Force Support Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, is teaching the two-hour class, which will include a showing and discussion of the “NBC Dateline” program, “My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger.”
Two classes are scheduled: Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Ramstein School Age site, and Friday, at the same time, at the Kapaun School Age site. A salad bar will be available, but attendees are also welcome to bring their own lunch, Melendez said. The classes are open to all parents in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.
For more information about the classes or to sign up, contact the School Age sites or email Josie.Cordova@ramstein.af.mil.
Over the last several months, at least three instances of alleged child molestation or attempted child abduction have been reported at U.S. military bases in the Kaiserslautern area, base officials confirmed last week. The latest — an alleged child molestation — was reported last week in Vogelweh Housing, Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, commander of the KMC and 3rd Air Force, said in an interview Friday.
Investigators believe the cases could be connected, since the description of the suspect in all three instances is similar.
In the incident reported last week, the suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s with blue eyes, and brown hair in a military-style cut, Franklin said. He was wearing Army camouflage pants, a tan-and-green T-shirt and tan combat boots.
Franklin will address concerns and answer questions this week at two town hall meetings open to KMC military, civilians and family members.
A town hall Tuesday starts at 6 p.m. at the Galaxy Theater on Vogelweh. The second town hall takes place Wednesday, at 11 a.m., at the Hercules Theater on Ramstein. Representatives from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command will attend both meetings, Franklin said.
To report any suspicious activity
• AFOSI Tip Line: civilian 0171-745-5382. This number is manned 24/7.
• Ramstein Security Forces at DSN 480-2050 or civilian 06371-47-2050
• Vogelweh Security Forces at DSN 489-6060/7070 or civilian 0631-536-6060/7070.