Judge accepts plea deal in Army general sex case
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:31:50 GMT —
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- A military judge in North Carolina has accepted an Army general's guilty pleas on lesser charges in a deal that includes the dropping of sexual assault charges against him.
The hearing Monday at Fort Bragg caps the high-profile prosecution of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. It comes as the military continues to grapple with revelations of sex crimes in its ranks and political pressure to address the issue. A sentencing hearing for Sinclair is expected to begin after a two-hour recess.
He is believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to face court-martial on sexual assault charges.
Sinclair, 51, had been accused of twice forcing a female captain under his command to perform oral sex during a three-year extramarital affair.