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Army general wanted nude photos, witness testifies

Posted November 7, 2012

— 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 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 sent him photos she downloaded from pornographic websites with the woman's head cropped out of the images.

The woman said she and Sinclair did not have a sexual relationship and that they had met in person only three times more than a decade ago.

Their relationship was primarily through emails, she said, but on cross-examination, she said she told Sinclair that she loved him and wished they were closer.

An Army major also testified Wednesday that she sent photos of her breasts and a personal video to Sinclair. The major said she had served as a company commander under Sinclair and that they became friends after they were no longer in the same chain of command.

Sinclair served as a deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division until he was relieved in May. He faces 26 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.

Fort Bragg Army general wanted nude photos, witness testifies

The military investigated the women 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.

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 three-year affair with the married general at Army bases in the United States, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

After the government rested its case, defense attorneys began calling witnesses, including an officer who said the captain who testified Tuesday was not a professional officer and was flirtatious.

Sinclair 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.

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  • Sherlock Nov 8, 9:25 a.m.

    He is a General Officer, he will retire and released from the military. That is all that will happen to him. The officers in this case will suffere the most, their careers are gone, no retirement, no other jobs....the officers trying th ecase will not be promoted their careers are gone as well but they can work in the civilian world.. the other Generals will insure that.

  • bcandjc Nov 7, 5:44 p.m.

    Why should he get any more punishment than Bill Clinton, who is
    still worshipped, adored and get front page headlines for being
    such a great president. That earlier post was before the election, this is entirely a different subject. No wonder there is so much immorality in our nation when the press condons it for people in high places. The nation is under God's judgment and things will get worse.

  • bcandjc Nov 7, 5:15 p.m.

    Why should he get any more punishment than Bill Clinton, who is
    still worshipped, adored and get front page headlines for being
    such a great president.

  • Uhavenoclu Nov 7, 4:40 p.m.

    Why is looking at a human body so offensive to some?..Gotta problem text GOD and raise hell with him for he created it.

  • justafella Nov 7, 4:20 p.m.

    He will be busted down in rank and forced to retire.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 7, 4:10 p.m.

    And we worry about gay soldiers?

  • kenshi Nov 7, 3:51 p.m.

    What you people don't seem to understand is that he is already guilty (adultery is a court martial offense), the question is how bad will it be for him (i.e. can they prove other charges). He could just be forced to retire, or he could be put in prison or he could be given dishonorable discharge which would leave him with no retirement.

  • Wake1 Nov 7, 2:55 p.m.

    I'll bet all he gets is forced retirement with full benefits!! Just you watch!

  • zile1porkey Nov 7, 2:46 p.m.

    It never amazes me why some women say he threaten me if I tell if they believed that then why are you telling now three years give me a break and the texting asking for the pictures you could have busted him then and I am a women I think they wanted to gain something from this they too knew they were wrong.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 7, 1:59 p.m.

    See if he had asked for those kind of photos from another guy, then it would not be an issue.

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