Testimony given during the military hearing of a one-star general revealed Fort Hood may have been a rendezvous point for him and his mistress.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was deputy commander of logistics and support for Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan before being abruptly relieved in May during the criminal probe. He has been on special assignment since then at the sprawling Army post in eastern North Carolina.
The charges against the 27-year Army veteran include forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery.
Fort Hood has appeared in testimony related to the fraud charges, according to information obtained by the Fayetteville Observer.
Sinclair, then-colonel promotable, flew to Central Texas on Nov. 7, 2011, and returned to Fort Bragg on Nov. 10, according to temporary duty documents. During the trip, he was to mentor a unit undergoing pre-deployment training. His defense lawyers have submitted letters from Maj. Gen. Will Grimsley and Brig. Gen. James Richardson to support that.
The female captain who admits to having had a three-year affair with Sinclair also traveled to Fort Hood during that time. Sinclair wrote her commander at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and said he needed her to assist him.
Information from the hearing revealed the pair stayed two or three nights in a hotel and, to the woman’s knowledge, Sinclair never spent more than a few hours on post. The total bill for the trip for Sinclair was $3,164.61.
The hearing was held at Fort Bragg earlier this month and was overseen by Fort Hood’s First Army Division West Commander, Maj. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins. Under the military justice system, a superior officer to the accused is assigned to review the evidence at an Article 32 hearing. Wiggins will then recommend to a higher-ranking officer — 18th Airborne Corps commander Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn — whether the charges should proceed to a full court-martial.
It could be weeks before a decision is made. If Allyn sends the case to trial, Sinclair faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious criminal charges.
Maj. Elizabeth Ramsey, the defense lawyer, suggested in her closing argument that the general was guilty only of adultery and fraternization, punishable by a written reprimand. She said Sinclair had passed a polygraph test during which he denied ever forcing the captain to have oral sex with him.
She said Sinclair had suffered for months through the unjust public humiliation of his family by media reports and that allowing the charges to go forward would cause “actual sexual assault victims to suffer.”
Drew Brooks of the Fayetteville Observer and the Associated Press contributed to this report.1