Via a flood of reader tips comes this story of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Assistant Division Commander getting charged with various crimes:
An Army general who was sent home early from Afghanistan in May has been charged with forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and other crimes in an alleged sex scandal involving female subordinates.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who was deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, also was charged with illegally possessing alcohol and pornography while deployed, mistreating subordinates and abusing a government travel charge card.
The Army announced the charges late Wednesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the 82nd Airborne. Sinclair, a 27-year veteran with two master’s degrees, faces a preliminary hearing, known as an Article 32, to determine whether the charges should proceed to a court-martial. No date was set for the hearing.
Fort Bragg officials declined to provide details of the charges, which also include filing fraudulent claims. Sinclair was informed of the charges two days ago but was not immediately arrested. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but what if this guy did is true his crimes far surpass what Colonel Johnson did as commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. The only incident I can even think of that is comparable to this was when Canadian General Daniel Menard the commander of Canadian forces in southern Afghanistan was sacked after letting a key bridge get bombed, an accidental discharge in a helicopter with a senior Canadian General aboard, and then finally having an extra-marital affair with a corporal in Afghanistan. Some interesting parallels with this story is that General Menard and Sinclair were both based out of Kandahar Airfield. Also according to a Stars & Stripes commenter Colonel Johnson and BG Sinclair both served together in the 75th Ranger Regiment in the mid-90′s. If convicted of his crimes Sinclair should of once again be serving with Johnson in Leavenworth, but it will be interesting to see if like Johnson, Sinclair gets off light with just a fine.