As Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair's sentencing for adultery looms, a witness for the prosecution testified this week that Sinclair's adulterous affair disrupted good order. Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Bigelow recalled a 2010 party in Germany where soldiers in Sinclair's unit performed a raunchy skit where a character in a wig offered Sinclair's character oral sex.
Sinclair will be sentenced this week (perhaps today) for committing the military crimes of adultery, mistreating his mistress, having improper relationships with two other women, and abusing a government credit card. Which makes Bigelow's testimony about the party particularly significant. The witness said it was obvious the soldiers performing in the skit were referring to Sinclair's relationship with his mistress, who would later accuse him of forcing her to perform oral sex twice during their three-year affair. Bigelow also testified that Sinclair's wife was at the party, and that she was "clearly shocked, angered and dismayed."
Update, Thursday 10:30 am: Sinclair was sentenced Thursday morning. He has been fined $20,000 and will not go to prison. He will get early retirement (retaining his full military benefits) with no demotion.