'Coerced' US female army officers sent nude photos to general facing sex crime charges
Two female Army officers in the US have testified that they provided nude photos to a general facing sex crime charges.
A married captain testified that Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair repeatedly asked her to send him nude photos of herself, which she said made her uncomfortable.
Eventually, she said she placated the married general by sending him downloaded pornographic photos of other women cropped so that their faces were not visible.
The testimony came during the third day of the hearing at Fort Bragg to determine whether Sinclair will go on trial for multiple criminal charges, including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and adultery, which are a crime under the military justice system, Fox News reports.
The allegations against Sinclair involve relationships with five women other than his wife.
Sinclair served as a deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan until he was relieved of his duties in May amid a criminal investigation and sent back to North Carolina, the report said.
On Tuesday, a second female captain testified that Sinclair, her direct superior, twice forced her to perform oral sex and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone, the report added.
The woman had a three-year relationship with the married general at Army bases in the United States, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The female captain who testified on Wednesday said she and Sinclair did not have a sexual relationship and they had met in person only three times, the report said.
She said that the major had served as a company commander under Sinclair and that they became friends after they were no longer in the same chain of command, it added.
The major said she sent photos of her breasts, before and after elective plastic surgery, to Sinclair. She also sent a video.
According to the report, Sinclair potentially faces penalties of up to life in prison if convicted at courts martial on the most serious charges.