Captain Testifies Ft. Bragg General Forced Her To Send Nude Photos

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- A hearing to determine whether a U.S. Army general will face a military trial on sex charges is continuing for a third day with testimony from a female captain who says he pressed her to provide nude photos of herself.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday the woman testified she placated Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair by sending him downloaded pornographic photos of other women with their faces cropped out.

Another female captain testified Tuesday that Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.

Sinclair faces charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and adultery, which is a crime in the military. The allegations involve relationships with five women. Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted.

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U.S. defense officials say an Army brigadier general from Ft. Bragg has been charged with forcible sodomy, multiple counts of adultery and having inappropriate relationships with several female subordinates.

Two defense officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details on the case.

At a news conference Wednesday, Col. Kevin Arata confirmed that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was facing charges but declined to provide details or take questions. Sinclair has been informed of the charges but has not yet been arrested.

The officials said Sinclair, who served as deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, was sent home in May because of the allegations.


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