FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A hearing to determine whether an Army general will face a military trial on sex charges entered its third day of testimony on Wednesday with a captain who says the general pressed her to provide nude photos of herself.
The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/PDPXhc ) that the marred woman testified that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair repeatedly asked her to send the nude photos, which she said made her uncomfortable. Eventually, she said she placated the married general by sending him downloaded pornographic photos that were digitally altered to add her face.
The woman said she and Sinclair did not have a sexual relationship and that they had met in person only three times. She said she has not seen him in about a decade. Their relationship was primarily through emails, she said.
Sinclair served as a deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division until he was relieved in May. He faces multiple criminal charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and adultery, which is a crime under the military justice system.
The allegations against Sinclair involve relationships with five women other than his wife.
The military investigated the woman who testified Wednesday for adultery and fraternization, but she passed a polygraph test in connection with Sinclair. She received a letter of reprimand, but that is on hold and she was ordered to testify. The Associated Press does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault.
On Tuesday, a second female captain testified that Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone. The woman had a 3 year affair with the married general at Army bases in the United States, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The general potentially faces penalties up to life in prison if convicted at courts martial on the most serious charges. However, there is no minimum punishment or sentencing guidelines in the military court system, meaning Sinclair could be convicted but not punished. He could also be forced to retire or reduced in rank.
Experts familiar with the military justice system have said it was unlikely Sinclair would receive considerable prison time if convicted.
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com