Retired US Air Force general arrested for child sex crimes


A retired Air Force General in Texas has been arrested on charges related to child sexual abuse offenses, according to official documents.

Judicial records from Hopkins County indicate that retired Brigadier General Mike Houston McClendon was taken into custody and placed in Hopkins County Jail on Saturday, May 11.

He was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a minor under 14 years of age.

Following his arrest, he was released from custody.

Details from McClendon’s biography on the USAF’s official website reveal that he graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1975.

His military career began with piloting the A-7D fighter aircraft under the Tactical Air Command. He was also part of the team that introduced the A-10 aircraft to the US Air Forces in Europe.

“General McClendon attended the Air Force’s Experimental Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California, where he later served as the Air Force chief A-10 test pilot and Director of Flight Test,” the biography read. “His career also included roles such as Deputy Program Manager for a highly classified special program, along with successive positions in Air Force research and development. His roles in the F-22 System Program Office, the Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters Directorate of Operations, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the now-defunct AFC2ISR Center have marked a distinguished career.”

McClendon was a senior pilot with over 10,000 flying hours across more than 35 different types of aircraft, including helicopters, fighters, and transports.

Following his Air Force career, McClendon became an airline pilot and eventually captained International flights.

According to a report from CBS19, McClendon retired from the military in 2009.

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