Defense: General’s deal drops sex assault charge

Published 8:35 am Monday, March 17, 2014

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An Army general who admitted to multiple affairs with soldiers under his command was expected to plead guilty Monday to a host of charges while the most egregious — that he forced one woman to perform oral sex — was to be dropped as part of a deal.

The hearing at Fort Bragg is likely to cap the high-profile prosecution of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair. It comes as the military continues to grapple with revelations of sex crimes in its ranks and political pressure to address the issue. A sentencing hearing for Sinclair — believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to face court-martial on sexual assault charges — could begin as soon as Monday.

Lawyers for Sinclair said he will plead to lesser charges in exchange for the dropping of the sexual assault charges and two other counts that might have required Sinclair to register as a sex offender.

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