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Former Civil Air Patrol volunteer pleads guilty to child sex crimes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — David Greenberg shuffled into the courtroom with his head down, and stood quietly next to his attorneys as a detective described him as the very embodiment of a predator.

Detective April Samples, of the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, told the judge that Greenberg’s obsession with young boys began long before he moved to Charlotte and started volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol, who with a smile and a video camera, stalked boys at the beach, at a day camp and even the Little League World Series..

“He just spent the vast majority of his life hunting for little boys,” Samples said. “Him and a friend of his would zoom in on little boys’ crotches and make vulgar comments about them sexually.”

Greenberg, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty Friday morning in Mecklenburg County of sex crimes against children.

He will spend 25 years in prison and will also have to wear an electronic monitor for the rest of his life.

Sources told Channel 9 that Greenberg met the victims through the Civil Air Patrol, which works with children.

[Civil Air Patrol volunteer accused of child sex crimes, sources say]

The mother of the 12-year-old boy Greenberg had known and molested since he was 3 tearfully told the judge that Greenberg had stolen her son's childhood by repeatedly sexually assaulting him, and videotaped some of those attacks.

“How could I not have seen this monster lurking inside this monster, and worse, how could I let my son, be accessible to this man?” the mother asked. “There were videos and pictures that should never have been seen by anyone, disgusting, immoral, depraved images.

“But the worst hit was finding that Greenberg would make my son watch those videos with him.”

Through it all Greenberg stood silent, until finally, in barely a whisper, he said he hopes the 25 years he spends in prison will begin to ease their pain.

“I don't expect forgiveness because I know I will never forgive myself,” Greenberg said.

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