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Female officers sent nude photos to general

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Two female Army officers testified Wednesday they provided nude photos to a general now 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.

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The testimony came during the third day of a 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 is a crime under the military justice system. The allegations involve relationships with five women other than his wife.

Sinclair served as a deputy commander of the 82d Airborne Division in Afghanistan until he was relieved of his duties in May amid a criminal investigation.

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A female major also testified Wednesday that she sent photos of her breasts and a personal video to Sinclair.

Sinclair potentially faces penalties of up to life in prison if convicted at courts martial on the most serious charges.

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