RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an Army general facing sexual misconduct charges in North Carolina said Monday she thinks the charges will be dropped.
Rebecca Sinclair told “CBS This Morning” that evidence presented in a hearing at Fort Bragg earlier this month showed several relationships Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair had with female officers were consensual.
The general faces charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery. A 27-year Army veteran, Sinclair was deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan before being abruptly relieved and sent home in May.
Rebecca Sinclair says the multiple deployments required during wars that have gone on more than 10 years put tremendous stress on military families. But she says the deployments are not an excuse for affairs. Adultery is a crime under the military code of justice.
Still, Sinclair stood by her husband, who faces life in prison if convicted of the sexual assault charge.
“We’re doing the best that we can do to try to mend our marriage,” she said. “We’re an Army family, and I have faith that the Army is going to do the right thing and they’re going to see this for what it is and they’re going to drop the charges. Then they’re going to let us go on with our lives.”
At an evidentiary hearing held at Fort Bragg earlier this month, a female captain who was Sinclair’s direct subordinate in Afghanistan testified she had a three-year affair with her married boss. But she also said that on two occasions, the general forced her to perform oral sex and that he also threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone about their relationship.
The Associated Press does not identify victims of alleged sexual assaults.
Sinclair’s defense team said the general passed a polygraph test in which he denied sexually assaulting the woman.
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