FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Two female Army officers testified Wednesday they provided nude photos to a general facing sex crime charges.
A married captain testified that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair repeatedly asked her to send him nude photos of herself, which she said made her uncomfortable. Eventually, she said she placated the married general by sending him downloaded pornographic photos of other women cropped so that their faces were not visible.
The testimony came during the third day of a hearing at Fort Bragg to determine whether Gen. Sinclair will go on trial for multiple criminal charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and adultery, which is a crime under the military justice system. The allegations against him involve relationships with five women other than his wife.
Gen. Sinclair served as a deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan until he was relieved of his duties in May amid a criminal investigation and sent back to North Carolina.
On Tuesday, a second female captain testified that Gen. Sinclair, her direct superior, twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone. The woman said she had a three-year affair with Gen. Sinclair at Army bases in the United States, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Associated Press does not identify victims of alleged sexual assault or coercion.
The female captain who testified Wednesday said she and Gen. Sinclair did not have a sexual relationship and they had met in person only three times. Their relationship was primarily through emails, she said.
A female major also testified Wednesday that she sent photos of her breasts and a personal video to Gen. Sinclair.
The major said she had served as a company commander under Gen. Sinclair and that they became friends after they were no longer in the same chain of command.
Gen. 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.