U.S. Army General Jeffrey A. Sinclair has reportedly pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges, in accordance to a reduction agreement of prosecution charges. The General would see the several charges dropped from the case, pleading guilty to a direct disobeying of a commander’s order, a misusing of his government charge card and the mistreatment of his former mistress; a captain in the U.S. services. In exchange for his pleas, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss several far more severe charges against the Army General, including forcing his captain into oral sex, after threatening to kill her and her family.
It has been reported that General Sinclair is expected to outline his pleas from a document endorsed by both sides of the case. The document will be distributed in military court at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, by the defense team as early as Monday, March, 17. After the decision of his sentence, the most closely watched military prosecution will finally end after a two year fought case. The plea bargain ends the embarrassing, and once seemingly powerful case, after Army prosecutors discovered that their chief witness, the army captain, had lied under oath at a pretrial hearing last January. The captain was the undisclosed lover of the general for three years before the incident. Although the captain’s problematic testimony created some stirs, leading to the chief military prosecutor to quit the case, Army officials report they do not question her account on Sinclair’s forcing her to perform oral sex.
General Sinclair is 51 years of age, married with two children, and served as deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and of American forces in south Afghanistan. It was largely believed before the sexual assault pleads and prosecution of U.S. Army General Sinclair, that he had the potential to progress to division commander or higher. If prosecutors would have proceeded with the more austere charges, including the reports of the General performing consensual but “open and notorious sexual acts” with the Army captain in a parked motor vehicle in Germany, and outside on a Tuscon hotel balcony, Sinclair would have had to register as a permanent sex offender and would have faced life in prison if convicted. The guilty pleas will undoubtedly end the decorated 27-year career General who would have faced life in prison if convicted of the sexual charges; although Sinclair is forced to leave the military, he will most certainly receive a much lighter sentence. It becomes clear why the U.S. General Sinclair pleads guilty to the sexual assault charges.
The pleas entering the court monday include the charges of adultery, possessing pornography in a combat theater, and requesting explicit photographs from female Army officers. It has been reported that a new guilty plea, a charge of maltreatment, has allowed the document to fully come together with critical importance to the general’s accuser. In the maltreatment portion of the document, the General admits to treating the captain in a manner which when objectively viewed under all circumstances was unwarranted, and unjustifiable; furthermore it reasonably could have caused mental harm or suffering during the course of his engagement of an inappropriate ongoing sexual relationship.
The leading Army prosecutor has not spoken publicly outside the court about U.S. Army General Sinclair’s guilty pleas to sexual assault charges on the army captain. It has been reported that the aims of the plea is to allow General Sinclair to retire two ranks below his General title, and hopefully move on with his life.
Editorial By Zane Foley