The hearing of Jeffrey Sinclair resumed on Wednesday with two female officers testifying that Sinclair forced them to send nude photos of themselves. The hearing is to determine if charges should be brought against General Sinclair for charges of forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, and adultery, which is a crime under the military justice system. Sinclair served as a deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan until he was accused and sent back to Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
One of the officers, a married captain, testified that she was asked to send nude photos of herself, which made her feel very uncomfortable. She said she eventually send pornographic pictures with the head cropped off so he would not realize it wasn’t her.
Earlier in the week, a second female captain gave testimony that Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family if she said anything. The woman had a three year relationship with the General, who is married, which spanned four continents.
The captain who testified on Wednesday said at no time did she have a relationship with Sinclair and they had only met a few times. He contacted her mostly through e-mails.
The woman was investigated for adultery and fraternization but was only given a letter of reprimand after she passed a lie detector. She was ordered to testify.
A second female, a major in the Army, testified on Wednesday that she sent photos of her breasts and a personal video to Sinclair. She said she was friends with Sinclair. She was ordered to testify after she was punished by the Army for her conduct.
A female major also testified Wednesday that she sent photos of her breasts and a personal video to Sinclair.
Sinclair potentially faces penalties of up to life in prison if convicted at courts martial on the most serious charges. However, there is no minimum punishment or sentencing guidelines in the military court system, meaning the general could be convicted but not punished. He could also be forced to retire or reduced in rank.