U.S. Army general faces sex crimes investigation
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, a career military man and decorated veteran of three different wars, will face an investigation over charges of forcible sodomy, engaging in inappropriate relationships and wrongful sexual conduct, an Army spokesperson said Wednesday.
Word of the investigation leaked Wednesday night after defense officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The Army later confirmed the report in a brief event, during which reporters were not allowed to ask questions.
Sinclair was removed from his command in Afghanistan in May because of the allegations against him, but had been serving as a special assistant to a more senior officer at Fort Bragg in Texas while the investigation continued.
Gen. Sinclair also faces charges of numerous violations of military law including attempted violation of an order, mistreating subordinates and filing fraudulent claims.
A hearing on the matter is expected soon, but no date has been set.
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