Army Brigadier General Faces Sexual Assault Charges

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair

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.

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4 Responses

  1. Humanity is complex and we have not ever the possibility to exprime a judice, as more aspects are present and human mind is not completely governable. The acts are execrable and we must and may condemn them, men are subject to make errors. claudio alpaca

    • As a former Army Captain, I’m not seeing this as an “error.” It is either a long-standing behavioral pattern that has finally reached critical mass and coming to light at long last, or it is high ranking soldier who has seen way too much blood, killing and death and has lost touch with his humanity. Either way, he has broken the Warrior Ethos in so many ways, it is impossible to innumerate and has completed collapsed as a leader. He needed to lead by example if he was having problems and go seek help. That’s what we harp on our enlisted to do, we should be able to do the same. Court marshall, should he be found guilt, will never undo the emotional ruin he has dumped into the lives of so many.

      • Capt. Lighthall, thank you for your insights as both a former officer but also a medical professional. Your website and Hand2Hand organization looks fascinating. Would you be willing to do an interview and/or share some of your information on my Off the Base blog? Bobbie O’Brien

  2. In all of my years of service, I never once saw a General, outside of a combat zone, who was not accompanied by very young, very attractive, assistant. They are usually Lieutenants and it is common knowledge that they ‘assist’ the Generals with more than paperwork. Any person with some knowledge of how units work is aware of this and they know these women by sight because to defer to them is expected by both the enlisted and Officers.

    To say that this is immoral shows only a lack of understanding and experience with the military culture. A General, in the military, has the literal power of life and death. They have concubines (attaches), they do deals with defense contractors to pocket millions and their egos are stroked throughout their careers by Washington and the military.

    I’m not saying that this right. Just saying this is how it is. The question that journalists should be asking is why 18 generals have been purged from the military, many through these ‘scandals,’ which are anything but scandals to service members.

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