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Better Days: Then-Colonel Jeffrey Sinclair judges an arm-wrestling contest during the gladiatorial games as part of the New Year's Eve celebration at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, on Dec. 31, 2008. In keeping with military tradition, the referee is identified, but the gladiators are not.

The Army is charging a general who served five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq with sexual assault, adultery, and inappropriate relationships with female subordinates.

So much for the military’s recently-boosted efforts to curb sexual assaults.

Until May, Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was serving as deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, one of the service’s most storied units. He was ordered home after the allegations surfaced.

XVIII Airborne Corps spokesman Colonel Kevin Arata read off the lengthy list of charges against Sinclair late Wednesday at Fort Bragg:

 …forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, attempted violation of an order, violations of regulations by wrongfully engaging in inappropriate relationships, and misusing a government travel charge card, violating general orders by possessing alcohol and pornography while deployed, maltreatment of subordinates, filing fraudulent claims, engaging in conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, and engaging in conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline, or of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

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Sinclair is a highly-decorated paratrooper with 27 years in uniform. He has pulled three tours in Afghanistan and a pair in Iraq. He faces an Article 32 hearing under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which will decide whether or not he will face a court martial.

Army officials said that few officers of such high rank face court martial. Army Brigadier General Roger Duff pleaded guilty in June to two charges of false official statements and charges of wearing unauthorized decorations.

In another case cited by Army officials, in March 1999 Army Major General David Hale pleaded guilty to charges of conduct unbecoming an officer, and a false statement concerning an adulterous relationship. He was reprimanded, fined, and demoted. Battleland remembers it well.

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bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Being a high rank , will it count as a misdamenor ?

anonguest7619
anonguest7619

unfortunately his victims areb't able to get counseling w/o reporting it on their security clearance form, unlike the director of SAPRO, who was able to get counseling for his combat related trauma w/o reporting it on his clearance. but no one gives a damn about those who want to sTay in despite their assault.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

So much for the military’s recently-boosted efforts to curb sexual assaults.

The fact that such a high-ranking officer has been charged would indicate that the Army is serious about discouraging sexual assaults, and that its policies are being vigorously enforced. Unfortunately, no policy will stop all assaults, so the Army should not be criticized if assaults occur, only criticized if they are ignored.

6Cobra
6Cobra

How is it "So much for the military's recently boosted efforts to curb sexual assaults?"  Were you expecting those efforts to result in all sexual predators in uniform instantly dissapearing in a puff of smoke? I guess we should just abandon the efforts all together eh?

 Sounds like you have been buying in to the same feel-good lies that the military brass have been pushing and believing or years: that a decrease in reports/charges of sexual crimes equals an actual decrease in commission of sexual crimes.  That falsehood has led to thousands of victimized servicemembers and to commanders disgracing themselves in an effort to not appear to have a "problem" in their unit.  By using the fact that chages have been filed against a general officer as evidence of failure, you are part of the problem.  You are contributing to continuance of business as usual regarding sexual crimes in the military.  Thank goodness BG Sinclair's superiors had the integrity to charge this man, who they certainly considered a trusted and well known subordinate and friend, with a serious crime regardless of how it makes the unit look.

These charges are a direct manifestation of these boosted efforts to curb sexual assault; trying to identify habitual sexual predators in uniform and hold them accountable. 

ABA30
ABA30

Instead of casually dismissing the "military's recently-boosted efforts to curb sexual assaults" as ineffectual, maybe this is the manifestation of those efforts. Although incredibly sad, it's good to see the Army holding a General Officer accountable in an open and honest way.


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