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Army sex case: Prosecuter wanted charges dropped but fears of political fallout

Jeffrey Sinclair
Jeffrey Sinclair
Huffington Post

The Army sex case involving allegations that claim Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair - a husband and father of two children - forced a woman under his command to perform oral sex two times will be back in court soon, according to a Yahoo! News report on Tuesday.

Just weeks before Sinclair’s trial on charges of sexual assault, the head prosecutor reportedly broke down and cried as he told one of the Army superiors that he thinks the unnamed primary accuser in the court case lied while she was under oath.

Lt. Col. William Helixon requested that the most serious charges against Sinclair be dropped since the accusations against Sinclair’s allegations of the sexual abuse are only from the woman involved. It is now learned that the persons ranked higher than the prosecutor overrode Helixon and rejected the offer from Sinclair to plead guilty to lesser charges in the case.

Defense attorneys are now claiming that the top official surged ahead because they were quite concerned about the political fallout that would occur if the charges against Sinclair had been dismissed.

Helixon was taken off the court case after heading up the case for approximately two years. That happened after one of the superior officers took Helixon to a military medical facility for a mental health evaluation.

After a hearing on the case, a judge ordered that the case go to trial – and opening statements in the case are scheduled for this Thursday.

Sinclair is thought to be the most senior member of the United States Army to have ever faced a trial for sexual assault. He was the deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne.

The case continues as information continues to build regarding military sexual abuse in the military's ranks. The case against Sinclair is quite serious, involving eight criminal charges including indecent acts, forcible sodomy, violating orders, and displaying conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted of the sexual assault charges against him.

Defense attorneys assert that Sinclair had a three-year extramarital affair with a female captain who was under his command while Sinclair was in Iraq and Afghanistan. Admitting the affair will probably bring Sinclair’s military career to an end.

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