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Army General Defers Plea On Sex Charges

An Army general facing court-martial deferred entering a plea Tuesday on a series of sexual misconduct charges.

The arraignment for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair continued with a defense motion to disqualify prosecutors over e-mails that were erroneously sent to them.

Though the Army has not yet released the final charges against Sinclair, a preliminary list included forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery.

A 27-year Army veteran who served five combat tours, Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious offenses.

Sinclair's case is headed to trial following a spate of highly publicized sex scandals involving high-ranking officers that has triggered a review of ethics training across the military.

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An Army general facing court-martial is set to enter his plea on a series of sexual misconduct charges.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, N.C. Sinclair will be formally informed of the charges and offered an opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty.

At an evidentiary hearing in November, prosecutors presented testimony involving Sinclair's conduct with five women who were not his wife, including officers who served under his command.

Though the Army has not released the final charges against Sinclair, a preliminary list included forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery.

A 27-year Army veteran who served five combat tours, Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious offenses.


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