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Defense rests in Fort Bragg general's sex case hearing

Posted November 8, 2012

— Defense attorneys for a Fort Bragg general rested their case Thursday in a military hearing to determine whether the Army officer will be tried on accusations of sex crimes involving five women.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair faces 26 counts of sex-related charges, including sodomy and wrongful sexual contact and adultery, which is a crime in the military.

Closing arguments were expected to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. Military officials say it could be at least a month before there is a decision about whether the case will go to a military trial.

A female captain testified Tuesday that she had a three-year affair with the married Sinclair, her direct superior. The woman said that while she was on a combat tour in Afghanistan, the general threatened to kill her and her family if she told about the affair and physically forced her to perform oral sex.

Testifying for the defense Thursday, Chief Warrant Officer Jose Serbia said that the captain was erratic when she confided to him about the affair and the alleged threat, but she denied that Sinclair ever raped or humiliated her.

When later making a formal report, the captain said Sinclair had twice physically forced her to perform oral sex.

Serbia also testified that he thought the captain had a good character and was a good military officer. That contradicted what other defense witnesses have said.

Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charges.

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 9, 3:49 p.m.

    "...Let it go, and let their families each deal with them...."

    If they do something, they they certainly will be peeking out through the bars. Allow the law to do their job.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 9, 3:48 p.m.

    officer will be tried on accusations of sex crimes involving five women.

    He should be tried. Look what he did to these women. He abuse his authority. He should be immediately discharged. No honor. He don't deserve that.

  • itsmyownopinion Nov 9, 2:14 p.m.

    "...Let it go, and let their families each deal with them...."

    Exactly what do you mean by this?

  • Just Plain Common Sense Nov 9, 10:41 a.m.

    The wheels of justice? THIS HOME WRECKER carried on. 3 YEAR AFFAIR and got jilted, then decided to ruin him. I do NOT believe for 1 second he forced himself on her. She is AS GUILTY as he. Let it go, and let their families each deal with them. Both ofmthem: STUPID

  • superman Nov 8, 5:58 p.m.

    The wheels of justice in the military grind very slowly if at all. He will get full retirment and enjoy our money the rest of his life.

  • bubbaOK Nov 8, 1:47 p.m.

    Forcing oral sex is really sickening to overhear. That was between the two perpetrators. Why do we have to hear about it over lunch? Like it or not people sometimes handcuff partners. Sex is SEX; threats are THREATS and shouldn't be allowed. Employing a safeword to compel someone to back off; good idea.

  • bombayrunner Nov 8, 1:44 p.m.

    uh um ... THEY'RE ALL LYING, Gen. Sinclair.