An Army general accused of sexual assault is pleading guilty to three lesser charges, but maintains his innocence on five remaining counts.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded Thursday in a military courtroom at Fort Bragg. His primary accuser is a female captain who claims Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about their three-year affair.
Sinclair is admitting to having improper relationships with two other female Army officers and to committing adultery with the primary accuser, which is a crime in the military. He also is admitting violating orders by possessing a cache of pornography in Afghanistan and to conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
Sinclair will now face trial on the remaining charges.
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A U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault is set to plead guilty to three lesser charges in a move that his lawyer says will strengthen his position going into trial.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair plans to enter the plea before opening statements scheduled for Thursday morning in his court martial at Fort Bragg.
Sinclair still faces five charges including sexual assault in his trial before a jury of five two-star generals. The former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on the most serious charges.
Sinclair's lawyer Richard Scheff said in an interview that his client is taking responsibility for his actions.
Lawyers for a U.S. Army general say he will admit guilt on three criminal charges, but he maintains his innocence on five remaining counts stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted a junior officer.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is set to enter the plea Thursday morning before opening statements for his court martial at Fort Bragg. His primary accuser is a female captain who claims Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about their three-year affair.
Defense attorney Richard Scheff said Wednesday night that Sinclair will plead guilty to having improper relationships with two other female Army officers and to committing adultery with his mistress, which is a crime in the military. He will also admit to violating orders by possessing pornography in Afghanistan.
A judge is refusing to dismiss the most serious charges against a U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault.
Attorneys for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair argued Tuesday the charges should be dismissed because they say top Army commanders unlawfully interfered in the case after the lead prosecutor said he didn't think it should go forward.
Sinclair faces a court-martial on charges that include physically forcing a female captain under his command to perform oral sex. He faces life in prison if convicted of all of the charges.
According to testimony Tuesday, the former lead prosecutor said he was convinced the accuser had lied about crucial evidence, but thought the case was of such importance to the military's crackdown on sexual assaults, he felt pressured to pursue it.
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