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Article published November 4, 2012
Prosecutors: General sexually assaulted 5 women
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — U.S. Army prosecutors today offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a military hearing he committed sex crimes against five women including four subordinates and a civilian. An Article 32 hearing on evidence in the case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair began this morning at Fort Bragg, home to the 82nd Airborne Division. Sinclair faces possible courts martial on charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships, misusing a government travel charge card, and possessing pornography and alcohol. He was 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. Prosecutors in Sinclair’s case alleged at today’s hearing that the crimes happened between 2007 and 2012 in places including Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany, as well as Fort Bragg and Fort Hood in Texas. The hearing officer called a recess until this afternoon to give a legal adviser time to review the documents.