Air Force lieutenant colonel arrested for child abuse

Date: 2012-12-03

Air Force lieutenant colonel arrested for child abuse

By ANGEL McCURDY / Daily News
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 13:25 PM.
NICEVILLE — A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force was arrested Saturday and charged with several counts of child abuse toward his two adopted children.

Dennis E. Jack, 41, was arrested two weeks after his wife, 41-year-old Tiffany J. Jack, was charged with aggravated child abuse and cruelty toward a child, according to his Niceville Police arrest report.

Jack works at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and commutes from the Ohio base to his home in Niceville, according to Daryl Mayer, chief of current operations with the 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs at Wright-Patterson AFB.

One of Jack’s children told investigators that the two adopted 7-year-old girls were forced to do “calisthenics punishment” where they had to place their toes on the kitchen counter, holding their own weight while their hands were on a pink car.

During the punishment, the girls had to wear soiled diapers on their head for 15 minutes, the report states.

The child said it was “dad’s idea” and said Jack told them “it actually makes you stronger,” according to the report. One of the children called the abuse the “pink car punishment” and said Jack used to situate the girls upside down for their punishment.

Another report of abuse from a child detailed Jack’s use of spanking the children with a hand or metal spatula. The child told investigators “spatula hurts” and said the two 7-year-olds were hit with the spatula on the top of their feet, according to the arrest report.

Officials arrested Tiffany Jack on Nov. 17 for similar acts of child abuse. According to her Niceville Police arrest report, Tiffany forced the children to sit on the toilet for days and made them run until they vomited as forms of punishment.

During the investigation, one of the children said that Jack trained three of his children on “interrogation” techniques prior to being interviewed by officials.

The children said, “They (mom and dad) don’t want us talking about the bad stuff,” the report states.

According to Mayer with Wright-Patterson AFB, Jack will be on leave in Florida pending the results of his case.

“While the Air Force takes seriously all pending civilian investigations and charges against our members, we recognize that all members have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” Mayer said in a prepared statement. “Air Force investigators are actively working with civilian authorities in this matter.”

Jack was charged with four counts of cruelty toward a child and three counts of tampering with evidence.

He was released Saturday on $4,000 bond.

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Angel McCurdy at 850-315-4432 or amccurdy@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @AngelMnwfdn

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Force and silence

When reports first came out, no mention was made about the adopted status of the children.  This omission happens frequently, making me wonder just how many abuse cases we at PPL are missing simply because the media failed to mention the victims were adopted children put in "forever" "loving" adoptive homes.  It also makes me wonder if anyone bothers to ask if the abusers are foster/adoptive parents.  I believe this clarification is important because bio-parents are not required to be  vetted and pre-screened by child protective services BEFORE a child with many disadvantages is placed in a new and theoretically "healthier and non-abusive" family/home.

Speaking of disadvantages and labels that may confuse the average person, abused adopted children often have the gross disadvantage that fostered/adopted children are often seen and described as being manipulative liars.  The liar label makes confession (admitting abuse is taking place in the home) that much more difficult for the victimized child.  Out of fear and worry that confession will result in yet another move and forced readjustment, many victims of post-placement abuse will remain silent, protecting their abusers, and making their own life a stress-filled living-hell.

What many don't know or see is how an AP will force the adopted and abused to lie, for the sake of the AP's precious public reputation.

During the investigation, one of the children said that Jack trained three of his children on “interrogation” techniques prior to being interviewed by officials.

The children said, “They (mom and dad) don’t want us talking about the bad stuff,” the report states.

Nothing like an abusive military dad teaching his adopted victims how to lie to officials. <shaking head>  Yea, as if the children would need more confirmation or teaching about the obvious: confessing to abuse in the adoptive home  is bad, and doing so will only bring more problems, punishment, and trouble... for the victims, (especially the one with a yapping big mouth). 

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