Fort Bragg Generals Deny Pentagon Pressure In Sex Assault Case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- A pair of U.S. Army generals say they experienced no improper pressure from their superiors to pursue criminal charges against another general facing sexual assault allegations.

Gen. Dan Allyn and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Colt testified Tuesday at a pre-trial hearing for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who faces charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery.

His defense lawyers contend top Pentagon officials may have pressured Allyn and Colt, the current and former commanders at Fort Bragg, to make an example of Sinclair in light of an embarrassing string of cases where the military has been criticized over its handling of sexual assault investigations.

Both generals testified they relied solely on their best judgment in deciding to charge and prosecute Sinclair, whose court martial is set for July.


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