FORT BRAGG, N.C. (TheBlaze/AP) — An Army brigadier general has been charged with forcible sodomy and other offenses after being sent home from Afghanistan.
The Fayetteville Observer was the first to report Wednesday that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair faces possible courts martial on charges that include forced sex, possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed, engaging in inappropriate relationships and misusing a government travel charge card.
Other possible charges, the Observer reports, could include mistreatment of subordinates, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, filing fraudulent claims, and engaging in conduct “prejudicial to good order and discipline, or of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.”
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, the officials said. He had arrived in Afghanistan for his deployment in September 2011, but had been serving as the division’s deputy commander since July 2010.
Fort Bragg spokesman Col. Kevin Arata confirmed that the charges were filed Wednesday morning.
“The purpose of the hearing is to determine the merits and seriousness of the charges, so as to make recommendations on whether the matter should proceed to trial or not,” he reportedly commented.
Sinclair, who has been in the Army for 27 years, was serving his third deployment to Afghanistan. He had also served one tour in Iraq, as well as tours in the first Gulf war.
Army officials have scheduled a news conference for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.