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Cadet testifies he and fired military academy teacher started sex society

August 29, 1997

PALMYRA, Va. (AP) _ A science teacher who was fired from Fork Union Military Academy and a 13-year-old cadet started a secret society that practiced nude rituals, paddling and bondage, the cadet testified at the man’s trial.

Gregory A. Moyer, 42, was charged with 16 counts of taking indecent liberties with children from 1994 through early 1996. He could be sentenced to up to 90 years in prison if convicted.

The student, who was 13 when the alleged practices began and still attends the private, all-male military prep school, testified Thursday that Moyer would paddle him with and without clothes for such things as sleeping late or visiting other cadets without permission.

Moyer was hired in 1993 and lived in the barracks for students in the sixth to eighth grades. Police were led to his apartment after an administrator at the academy saw photographs of naked cadets in 1996.

The cadet, who was not identified in court, said he and Moyer started the secret society with its own shield of crossed swords. As part of the initiation, he said, he and Moyer ran nude on the cross country course at the school located about 30 miles west of Richmond.

Moyer took pictures of him naked ``for documentation,″ he said.

The two also took turns tying each other to a pull-up bar in the doorway of Moyer’s apartment, the cadet said. When he was bound by the hands to the bar, he said, Moyer would spray shaving cream over him and hit him with a newspaper.

``Then I did the same to him,″ he said.

As a final initiation, the two took turns drawing a picture of the society’s shield on each other’s buttocks. Photographs of the drawings were introduced as evidence.

Moyer’s lawyer, W. Reilly Marchant, said some of Moyer’s behavior was unwise but ``this is anything but sexual nature events.″