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US Army general facing sex charges back in court

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FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) -- Prosecutors have agreed to drop an alcohol-related charge against a US Army general accused of sexual misconduct.

The alcohol possession charge against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was dropped during a hearing before a military judge on Thursday. Sinclair and other staff had received bottles of scotch as gifts for Thanksgiving, and the charge stemmed from the unopened bottle of liquor found in his private quarters.

Defense attorneys also are trying to have a charge of pornography possession dismissed. They say others had access to the computer where the pornography was found, and that the charge violates Sinclair's First Amendment rights.

A court martial for Sinclair is scheduled to begin June 25 on charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery. The married father of two faces life in prison. He has thus far deferred entering a plea.

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