US Army General Jeffrey Sinclair faces assault accuser

GenJeffreySinclairAA US Army captain who accuses a general of sexually assaulting her has wept as she told a court he threatened to kill her family.

The unidentified accuser spoke after opening arguments in a military trial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, against Brig Gen Jeffrey Sinclair, 51.

Defence lawyers said the general was the victim of an infatuated woman and a prosecution under political pressure.

The Pentagon has been pledging to stamp out an epidemic of sexual misconduct.

In two other cases to emerge on Friday:

  • A sergeant from Fort Hood, Texas, Gregory McQueen – who was in charge of sexual assault and harassment prevention at the base – was charged with setting up a prostitution ring involving female soldiers
  • A West Point military academy sergeant, Michael McClendon, admitted secretly photographing and videotaping female cadets, some while they were undressed

But the case of Gen Sinclair is believed to be the highest-ranking US military prosecution to date.

He already faces a sentence of up to 15 years after admitting on Thursday to adultery and other charges deemed illegal in the military.

The former deputy commander of the elite 82nd Airborne Division could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of sexual assault.

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