An Army brigadier general 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, two U.S. defense officials told the Associated Press Wednesday.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair faces possible courts martial. Sinclair served as deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan. He was sent home in May because of the allegations, according to officials who AP agreed to not name.
In a brief press conference at Fort Bragg today, spokesman Col. Kevin Arata read a prepared statement and refused to take any questions.
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.
The AP reports that it’s rare for an Army general to face court martial. There have been only two cases in recent years. One for wearing unauthorized awards or ribbons and making a false statement. The other was for making a false statement connected to adultery.