By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER – Jeffrey Sinclair is facing charges that include forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and engaging in inappropriate relationships
Prosecutor say Sinclair threatened one victim’s life, as well as her career and the lives of her relatives if she exposed him
Sinclair has been in the Army for 27 years and served in first Gulf War
A high-ranking Army general forced women to have sex with him during combat tours and threatened at least one victim’s life, as well as her career and the lives of her relatives if she told anyone about his actions, U.S. Army prosecutors said in a hearing Monday.
Prosecutors allege that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair committed sex crimes against five women including four military subordinates and civilian.
Sinclair is facing charges that include forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships, misusing a government travel charge card, and possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed.
At the hearing, prosecutors alleged that Sinclair committed sex crimes against five women including four military subordinates and a civilian. The crimes happened between 2007 and 2012 in places including Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany, as well as Fort Bragg and Fort Hood in Texas, prosecutors said.
Sinclair was recently flown home from a combat tour to face the charges. The hearing at Fort Bragg is expected to last at least two days.
He served as deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the division’s troops in Afghanistan from July 2010 until he was sent home in May because of the allegations.
The Army had kept details secret until now in the rare criminal case against a high-ranking officer. That is different from other high-profile cases where Army prosecutors were quick to release charging documents. There have been only two other court-martial cases against Army generals in recent years. Read more…