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WASHINGTON (AP) — Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, fired from his command in Afghanistan last May and now facing a court-martial on charges of sodomy, adultery and pornography and more, is just one in a long line of commanders whose careers were ended because of possible sexual misconduct.
Sex has proved to be the downfall of presidential candidates, members of Congress, governors and other notables. It’s also among the chief reasons that senior military officers are fired.
At least 30 percent of military commanders fired over the past eight years lost their jobs because of sexually related offenses, including harassment, adultery, and improper relationships, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press.
The figures bear out growing concerns by Defense Department and military leaders over declining ethical values among U.S. forces, and they highlight the pervasiveness of a problem that came into sharp relief because of the resignation of one of the Army’s most esteemed generals, David Petraeus, and the investigation of a second general, John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
The statistics from all four military services show that adulterous affairs are more than a four-star foible. From sexual assault and harassment to pornography, drugs and drinking, ethical lapses are an escalating problem for the military’s leaders.
(The Inquisitr) – September 26, 2012 – A US Army Brigadier General has been charged with multiple sex crimes, including forcible sodomy, inappropriate relationships, and adultery. He was also charged with possessing alcohol and pornography while he served as a senior commander in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Sinclair was sent home to the US in May in the middle of his Afghanistan combat tour, where he served in southern Afghanistan as the deputy commander of logistics and support. He was sent to the division’s home base of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, while potential misconduct allegations were investigated.