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Army general fined, reprimanded in sex case

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 20, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An Army general who carried on a three-year affair with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with subordinates was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay Thursday, avoiding jail time in one of the military's most closely watched courts-martial.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the storied 82nd Airborne Division, was believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer ever court-martialed on sexual assault charges, but earlier this week those charges were dropped when he pleaded guilty to inappropriate relationships with the three women.

Sinclair, 51, smiled and hugged his two lawyers in the courtroom. Outside the building, he made a brief statement.

"The system worked. I've always been proud of my Army," he said. "All I want to do now is go north and hug my kids and my wife."

The case unfolded with the Pentagon under heavy pressure to confront what it has called an epidemic of rape and other sexual misconduct in the ranks.

As part of the plea deal, Sinclair's sentence could not exceed terms in a sealed agreement between defense lawyers and military attorneys. The agreement, unsealed Thursday, called for Sinclair to serve no more than 18 months in jail, but Col. James Pohl's punishment was much lighter.

Prosecutors did not immediately comment.

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Popsmith says... March 20, 2014 at 12:35 p.m.

The army takes care of it's own. This sets a precedent that any soldier can break any law and get a slap on the wrist.

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Packman says... March 20, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

He wants to hug his wife and kids after "hugging" all those other women for years, and years, and years. This jerk got less than a slap on the wrist. Does he get to keep his inflated military pension? Of course. Must have graduated from the Bill Clinton military training school.

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paladin123p06130833 says... March 20, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

Is the military wasting time and taxpayers money by offering courses on ethics
at its institutions of higher learning?

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