Is infidelity an emotional war wound? (+video)
Rebecca Sinclair, the wife of a high-ranking US general who had an affair, said in an interview that military marriages suffered from the protracted US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Her husband, Jeffrey Sinclair, was sent home from his post as a deputy commanding general in Afghanistan this year over allegations of inappropriate behavior toward four female subordinates and a civilian over the last five years.Skip to next paragraph
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One of the women, a captain whom Sinclair had requested be assigned to his unit in Afghanistan, said they had a three-year affair, during which she said he forced her to perform oral sex and threatened her career if she ended the relationship.
At a hearing this month at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where Sinclair is based, his defense attorneys provided evidence that he passed a polygraph test in which he denied forcing the woman to perform any sexual acts.
Rebecca Sinclair did not attend the hearing with her husband.
She said they are working on their marriage and expressed hope the Army would drop the most serious charges - including forcible sodomy - against her husband based on evidence of a consensual relationship.
"My husband has admitted from the very beginning that he did commit adultery, and he feels that it's conduct unbecoming an officer," she said.
She said she believes her husband will be proven innocent. "And I'm hopeful that the Army is going to do the right thing," she said.