Aide says general in sex crimes case threatened to kill her if she told

Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair has been charged with sex crimes against one female subordinate and four other women.

Reuters | Nov 6, 2012

By Michael Biesecker

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A former subordinate to an Army general facing sex crimes charges says the general started an affair with her in Iraq and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

The woman says she was honored at first by the attention from Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. She said he was viewed “like he was a god” by his brigade. The AP does not name victims of alleged sexual assaults.

Now a captain, she was testifying Tuesday in a military hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., on whether there is enough evidence to court-martial Sinclair on charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and engaging in inappropriate relationships.

It’s a second day of a hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., on whether there’s enough evidence to proceed with a military trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. The charges include forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, engaging in inappropriate relationships and misusing a government travel charge card.

Sinclair was deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan until he was sent home in May during a criminal probe.

The investigation was launched by Sinclair’s former commanding officer. Maj. Gen. James Huggins. Huggins testified Monday a female captain told him Sinclair had forced her to have sex, both by physical force and by threatening her career.

During Monday’s opening day of the military hearing, U.S. Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general. The Article 32 hearing is expected to end today, officials said Monday.

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 while deployed. He served as 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.

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