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Sex assault charges dropped in rare court-martial of US general

Published on Mar 18, 2014 6:31 AM
Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair leaving the Fort Bragg Courthouse after sexual assault charges against him were dropped after he plead to lesser charges on March 17, 2014 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. -- PHOTO: AFP

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (REUTERS) - A US Army general at the centre of a rare court-martial of a top military leader was cleared of sexual assault charges on Monday, March 17, 2014, but admitted mistreating a junior officer during their illicit sexual relationship.

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair also pleaded guilty to misusing his government credit card in connection with the affair and referring to other female officers with derogatory names as part of an agreement with the government that dismissed the most serious allegations against him.

The 27-year Army veteran said he knew the female Army captain with whom he had a three-year extramarital affair was enamoured by his rank, and he led her on despite knowing he would never divorce his wife.

When he grew fearful that his subordinate would expose what he said was a consensual relationship, he flirted with other women and was cold to her in hopes she would break off the secret liaison that spanned two war zones, Sinclair told a judge.

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