What is Jeff Sinclair Accused of?
The Army has arraigned Jeff Sinclair on eight charges. Because each charge carries multiple specifications, the charge sheet is confusing.
If you have followed the case in the press, you have likely read sensational headlines that allege “Forced Sodomy,” “Liquor and Pornography in a Combat Zone,” and “Multiple Victims.” The Army’s PR campaign is designed to make the case sound as bad as possible.
Reduced to their simplest forms, the Army’s main allegations against Jeff Sinclair are as follows:
- The Army alleges that Sinclair had an extramarital affair with ACCUSER.
- The Army alleges that on two occasions, Sinclair engaged in “forced oral sodomy” with ACCUSER, meaning, that he compelled her to perform oral sex.
- The Army alleges that Sinclair exchanged inappropriate text messages/emails with four women.
- The Army alleges that Sinclair possessed liquor in a combat zone.
- The Army alleges that Sinclair possessed pornography in a combat zone.
The high-level charges are designed to sound terrible: liquor, pornography, sodomy.
The number of charges is designed to sound terrible: 8 charges, 25 different specifications.
That’s the Army’s PR machine at work.