Army general avoids jail time in sexual assault case

BY newsdesk  March 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM EST

In a sentencing hearing Thursday, Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was reprimanded and fined a total of $20,000 for improper relationships with three subordinates, including a female captain, who made the most serious accusations against him.

Sinclair had been accused of sexual assault during his affair with one subordinate, but charges were dropped Monday as part of a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to several charges including adultery, which is a crime in the military.

Sinclair could have faced more than 20 years for the charges to which he pleaded guilty for, but prosecutors did not ask the judge to send the officer to jail, according to the Associated Press.

Thursday’s sentencing comes at a time that the military is dealing with a major increase in reports of sexual assault. PBS NewsHour has reported on the mounting crisis facing the military.