Trial for Army general facing sex charges delayed

AP News
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 10:28 AM

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A court-martial for a U.S. Army general facing sexual assault charges has been postponed for a third time.

The trial for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair had been scheduled to begin at Fort Bragg on Jan. 7. In a news release Thursday, the Army said military Judge Col. James Pohl has rescheduled the court martial to begin March 3 so prosecutors and defense lawyers can complete further pre-trial discovery.

The 51-year-old Sinclair is believed to be the highest-ranking officer to face a sexual assault charge in the Army's 238-year history.

He has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal counts, including forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and conduct unbecoming an officer. Sinclair faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.