Fort Bragg, NC, United States (4E) – Prosecutors agreed on Saturday to drop sexual assault charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair in exchange for his admitting guilt on maltreatment of a junior officer he had a long affair with under a plea bargain.
Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn, the senior commander at Fort Bragg, approved the plea deal that include Sinclair’s admission to committing adultery and other minor charges on March 6.
The plea deal to be presented to an Army judge at Fort Bragg on Monday ends the court-martial of Sinclair, 51, and his two-year-old case.
The dismissal of sexual assault charges and other counts also could spare Sinclair, 51, from the punishments that include prison time and registering as a sex offender. Instead, he could be punished with a demotion, fine and discharge from the Army. His lawyers said his punishment would be finalized in court this week.
The case stemmed from a complaint of a female captain who carried an affair with the married general while serving on his staff in Iraq and Afghanistan. She allegedly exposed the affair and filed the charges of sexual assault after Sinclair forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family if she revealed the affair.
Sinclair’s defenders claimed the woman wanted to punish the general for refusing to divorce his wife. They also claimed that she continued with the affair after the alleged oral sex incidents.