GUARD COLONEL BUSTED FOR SEX WITH
JUVENILE BOY - COMMANDER OF MEDICAL GROUP
FACES TWO FELONY COUNTS - TOM MAYER
HEADED "THE HAPPY HOOLIGANS" AT NO. DAKOTA
AIR GUARD'S 119TH WING - HAD 27 YEARS SERVICE
ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH 16 YEAR-OLD MET
ON INTENET - OFFICER "TEMPORARILY REMOVED"
FROM DUTY POSITION, GUARD SPOKESMAN SAYS
In three years, Lt. Col. Tom Mayer, commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing Medical Group, would have been eligible to retire at three-quarters pay. As a Guard member all this time, he would have drawn a big pension check at age 60. Now he is facing ruin.
The popular doctor and leader of a group at the Guard called "The Happy Hooligans," is due in Cass County Court in Fargo July 22 to face two felony charges. Meyer is accused of sexual relations with a 16 year-old boy he said he met on the Internet. The veteran officer told investigators he thought the lad was at least 18.
The 45 year-old director of anesthesia at a local hospital is charged with "corruption or solicitation of minors" and "dissemination of obscene materials." When police raided his home, they are said to have discovered nude photos Meyer and his "victim" had exchanged.
A Guard spokesman said Meyer has been "temporarily removed" from his leadership post, pending court action. The medical group commander put in his retirement papers last week, MilitaryCorruption.com has learned. If convicted, Meyer could be thrown out of the Guard and lose all his retirement and other benefits. Detectives said the colonel had met with the youth three times, engaging in oral sex on one occasion.
Meyer reportedly told cops the sexual activity was consensual. At press time, it is unclear whether the under-age boy had complained to authorities, or they had learned of the alleged violations of law through other means. Even if relations were with a male adult, under military regulations, Meyer would be guilty of "conduct unbecoming an officer." Either way, his career as an officer in the Air National Guard is effectively over.