Here is an update on the case of the Ft. Bragg Brigadier General that is being accused of various sex crimes:
A female U.S. Army captain testified Tuesday that her commanding general initiated a sexual affair during a combat tour in Iraq and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.
The woman said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was extremely controlling, even telling her how much water to drink and when and where she could use the bathroom during a later combat tour in Afghanistan.
She said she repeatedly tried to end the relationship and asked Sinclair, a married man, for a transfer.
On two occasions, she testified the general ended such conversations by exposing himself and physically forcing her to perform oral sex. The Associated Press does not identify victims of alleged sexual assaults.
When a prosecutor asked if Sinclair should have been able to tell that she did not want to participate, the captain responded: “Yes, I was crying.”
The woman testified on the second day of a military hearing at Fort Bragg on whether there was enough evidence to court-martial Sinclair on charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and engaging in inappropriate relationships.
It is a rare criminal case against a general and the details from the hearing are the first public narrative of the alleged offenses that prosecutors say involved a total of five women: four of them military subordinates and one a civilian. [Stars & Stripes]
Here is an interesting comment that Sinclair supposedly told the Captain:
“He said he was a general and he could say whatever the (expletive) he wanted,” she testified.
You can read the rest at the link, but I do find it interesting that the Captain only reported the alleged sexual assaults by Sinclair after finding e-mails from another woman to Sinclair. At a minimum Sinclair is toast in regards to adultery, conduct unbecoming of an officer, and fraternization by having such an affair with a subordinate. Anyway it will be interesting to see how this case turns out compared to this other sex crime case where the lieutenant colonel was convicted with no evidence at all other than what the intoxicated accuser said happened. If that is the standard for sex crime convictions than Sinclair should be toast, but I guess we will see what happens.