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U.S. Army General who ‘had forced sex and inappropriate relationships with female soldiers’ in Afghanistan flown home in disgrace

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  • Jeffrey Sinclair returned to Fort Bragg  after being posted with Airborne Division in 2010
  • Sinclair has been in the Army for 27 years  and served in first Gulf War
  • Charges include possessing pornography and  alcohol while deployed

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:14:12 EST, 26  September 2012| UPDATED:17:56 EST, 26 September 2012

An Army brigadier general has been charged  with forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having inappropriate  relationships with several female subordinates, two U.S. defense officials said  today.

Jeffrey A Sinclair,   who served as deputy commander in  charge of logistics and support for the 82nd  Airborne Division in  Afghanistan, was sent home in May because of the  allegations.

Sinclair faces possible courts martial on  charges that include forced sex, wrongful sexual conduct, violating an order,  possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed, and misusing a government  travel charge card and filing fraudulent claims.

 

Shroud of secrecy: Brigadier General Jeffrey A Sinclair has been charged with forcible sodomy of female subordinates and was sent home from Afghanistan to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in May 

Shroud of secrecy: Brigadier General Jeffrey A Sinclair  has been charged with forcible sodomy of female subordinates and was sent home  from Afghanistan to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in May

Sinclair was informed of the charges on  Monday, and the next step will be an Article 32 investigation – an impartial  investigation before he maybe referred to a general court martial.

The charges were announced at a brief press  conference on Wednesday at Fort Bragg, the sprawling U.S. Army base in North  Carolina that is home to the 82nd Airborne.

After reading a prepared statement, base  spokesman Col. Kevin Arata refused to take any questions.

Reporters were told all questions would have  to be made in writing and that no response was likely to come until the  following day.

No date has been set for the public hearing.  It was not clear if Sinclair had an attorney.

The charges are under the military legal  system called the Uniform Code of Military Justices.

The term ‘forcible sodomy’ is defined as  contact between a sex organ and any part of another person’s body.

‘It’s a fall back charge,’ a military lawyer  who asked to remain anonymous and is unfamiliar with the particulars of  Sinclair’s case told Fox  News.

He added that when rape would be difficult to  prove lawyers often opt for the ‘forcible sodomy’ charge.

Sinclair had arrived in Afghanistan for his  deployment in September 2011, but had been serving in the division since July  2010.

Sinclair, a trained paratrooper who has been  in the Army for 27 years, was serving his third deployment to Afghanistan.

He had also served two tours in Iraq, as well  as a tour in the first Gulf war. He has been decorated in battle including with  the Bronze Star Medal.

Sinclair was recruited through the Reserve  Officers’ Training Corps in 1985 from the University of West Virginia.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political  science from the school along with a master’s from Central Michigan University  and a master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War  College.

Deployment: Members of the military at NATO's Regional Command in Kandahar, Afghanistan where Sinclair had been posted since 2010 

Deployment: Members of the military at NATO’s Regional  Command in Kandahar, Afghanistan where Sinclair had been posted since 2010

The 82nd Airborne Division headquarters are  in charge of NATO’s Regional Command South in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

Details have only begun to emerge about the  scandal with little information  available about the time frame of the charges  against Sinclair.

Fort Bragg spokesman Ben Abel confirmed it  was a ‘criminal investigation’, according  to The Fayetteville  Observer.

Sinclair was reassigned to the U.S army base  in May as special assistant to the commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps  and Fort Bragg.

It is highly unusual for a senior member of  the armed forces to be removed from their position,  investigated and face  a court martial. There have been only two cases in recent years.

Earlier this year, Army Brig. Gen. Roger Duff  pleaded guilty to charges of conduct unbecoming an officer, wearing unauthorized  awards or ribbons and making a false official statement.

He was sentenced to two months confinement  and dismissal from the military. Under a pre-trial agreement, only the dismissal  may be imposed. The case is still pending, said Army spokesman George  Wright.

Prior to that, Maj. Gen. David Hale pleaded  guilty to seven counts of conduct unbecoming an officer and one count of making  a false statement, also in connection with adultery.

He was fined $10,000 and was ordered to  retire at the reduced rank of brigadier general, Wright said

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