An Army general based in Fort Bragg, N.C., has been charged with forced sex, multiple counts of adultery and inappropriate relationships with female subordinates while serving in Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was relieved of his command in Afghanistan last May and returned to Fort Bragg. In addition to the sexual misconduct accusations, Sinclair also faces charges of possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed in Afghanistan.
Sinclair has been in the Army for 27 years, according to The Associated Press, and has been deployed three times to Afghanistan. He also served in Iraq.
Sinclair now faces an Article 32, the Army’s equivalent of a grand jury hearing, to determine whether he should face court martial on any or all charges.
The charge of “forced sex” involves allegations he forced a subordinate to perform oral sex and is based on the previous Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Revisions to that code implemented this year now consider all forms of “forced sex” as rape.
Court martials of Army Generals are relatively rare. Only two, a brigadier general and major general, have been court martialed in the past 13 years.
On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered all military services to review their training and response programs for officers and enlisted personnel.