From the AP (via WaPo here):

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair faces possible courts martial on charges that include forced sex, wrongful sexual conduct, violating an order, possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed, and misusing a government travel charge card and filing fraudulent claims.

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.

Also from AP at ArmyTimes (here).  Prior CAAFlog coverage of the investigation here.

16 Responses to “Breaking News: 82nd Airborne Deputy Commander Charged”

  1. Bridget Wilson says:

    Wow, that would be an interesting panel to seat in a trial for someone of this rank. Anybody remember  the last general officer to face a court-martial? It will be interesting to see who represents him.

  2. bill C says:

    MG David Hale went to trial a few years ago at Fort Lewis  But he plead out so they never sat a pael.  This will indeed be interesting  

  3. Just Sayin' says:

    we’re going to start prosecuting people for possessing porn now?
    Well, I suppose it will speed up the troop withdrawal…

  4. ry says:

    I wonder if some of these other charges are designed in part to kill a good military character defense.  Awful hard to argue outstanding character, even if high rank, when facing divers allegations of not-so-outstanding character. 

  5. mclovin says:

    RY, that very well could be the case, although I would think that if the offenses all stem from the same relatively short time period, you could still make a decent case for GMC (for what that might be worth).  I think it’s just as likely that the Army prosecutors have picked up on the AF’s horrible habit of overcharging (or maybe it’s the other way around?).

  6. Just Sayin' says:

    still the term arbitrary and capricious leaps to mind…you mean to tell me there is a deployed troop who DOESN’T have porn?

  7. Lieber says:

    FWIW, I think the SVP is the lead on this.  Don’t know who all had a say on the charge sheet but it’s a long one.

  8. Outlaw Biker says:

    This will be a fun one to watch.  The “SAPRO Spring” just got REAL.  Prosecutors and snipers love those high value targets.

  9. Old JAG Guy says:

    The possession of adult pornography is certainly not the main event but the GOs in the theater prohibit it. Depending on the photos and what they depict, it may be important to the case. Besides, the best way to kill an uncharged misconduct charge is to charge it.

  10. k fischer says:

    Reminds me of when he was a Captain in 2003, LTC Dave Anglin was lead on a murder court martial at Benning, in which the accused shot his girlfriend’s husband with three .32 rounds in the back of the head after he tied him up.  When asked if the Government would consider a deal, LTC Anglin told the TDS Counsel in that deadpan way of his, “Well, if your client pleads to the murder, we’ll drop the adultery charge.”   

  11. Joseph Wilkinson says:

    JS – yes, at least judging by health & welfare results when I was in Iraq.  Commands have had a pretty broad range in how they respond to it.  Some places, if they caught you with porn in a H&W, they’d just take your porn away, but give you NJP for alcohol.  In one place, I saw a set of field-grade Article 15’s for regular porn after an inspection (it was the beginning of the deployment; the BC wanted to establish that he really meant it about enforcing GO #1; I dare say he established it). 

  12. Just Sayin' says:

    meh.  maybe I’m just crass, but a man in the desert for a year needs to beat off to something.  I’d rather he do it to porn than his fellow service members. (no pun intended).

  13. Lieber says:

    I still think it’s ludicrous that GO1 bans porn and booze ostensibly to protect local sensibilities.  meanwhile we serve bacon in the DFACs.  total bullcrap.  the consumption of pork offends them much more…but most of the folks who make up our Army demographic could never give it up.  meanwhile there are plenty of Afghans and Iraqis who consume porn and alcohol….but I’ve never seen one who ate pork.

  14. Some Army Guy says:

    Booze isn’t banned because it protects local sensibilities.  Sure, that was part of how we sold the Saudis to let an infidel Army onto their soil in 1990.

    But the teetotaling was so effective at keeping discipline down that we have kept GO 1 as part of our deployed culture, even in the Balkans and Haiti.  

  15. Some Army Guy says:

    Errr, at keeping “indiscipline down.”

  16. Lieber says:

    and the porn?