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General Admits Guilt on Lesser Counts, Not Assault

Image: Army Brigadier General Sinclair leaves the courthouse with one of his attorneys Ellen Brotman at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville
Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, right, leaves the courthouse with one of his attorneys Ellen Brotman at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. on March 4, 2014. ELLEN OZIER / Reuters

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An Army general accused of sexual assault is pleading guilty to three lesser charges, but maintains his innocence on five remaining counts.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded Thursday in a military courtroom at Fort Bragg. His primary accuser is a female captain who claims Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about their three-year affair.

Sinclair is admitting to having improper relationships with two other female Army officers and to committing adultery with the primary accuser, which is a crime in the military. He also is admitting violating orders by possessing a cache of pornography in Afghanistan and to conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

Sinclair will now face trial on the remaining charges.

— The Associated Press

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