Army general defers plea on sex charges

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- An Army general facing court-martial deferred entering a plea Tuesday on a series of sexual misconduct charges. 

The arraignment for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair continued with a defense motion to disqualify prosecutors over e-mails that were erroneously sent to them. 

Though the Army has not yet released the final charges against Sinclair, a preliminary list included forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery. 

A 27-year Army veteran who served five combat tours, Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious offenses. 

Sinclair's case is headed to trial following a spate of highly publicized sex scandals involving high-ranking officers that has triggered a review of ethics training across the military. 
 

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