November 8, 2012

Soldier: Woman denied Army general had raped her

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair faces charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and adultery, a crime in the military.

The Associated Press

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Testimony is under way for the fourth day in a hearing to determine whether a U.S. Army general will be tried on sexual assault charges.

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Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair. Sinclair, who served five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been charged with forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having inappropriate relationships with several female subordinates.

AP

A soldier testified Thursday that when a female captain tearfully confided to him about her three-year affair with Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair she denied he had ever raped her. Chief Warrant Officer Jose Serbia testified the woman did say she had tried to break off the affair but that Sinclair had threatened to kill her.

When later making a formal report, the captain said the married general had twice physically forced her to perform oral sex while in Afghanistan.

Sinclair faces charges including forcible sodomy and adultery, a crime in the military. The allegations involve five women. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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