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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. The indictment on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs involve attacks that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, police said Wednesday. In all, the former New Orleans Saints safety, 38, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least eight women in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe.
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NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - The sexual assault case against Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was suspended indefinitely Tuesday pending new plea negotiations, one day after a military judge's extraordinary ruling that there was evidence the Army had interfered in previous negotiations. Army Col. James L. Pohl ruled Monday after new evidence came to light. He gave Sinclair's lawyers an opportunity to seek a plea agreement even though Sinclair's previous offer to plead guilty to lesser charges had been rejected.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - The Army improperly interfered with the decision to reject Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair's offer to plead guilty to lesser charges in his sexual assault case, a military judge ruled Monday. Col. James L. Pohl said there was evidence that Army officials had exerted "unlawful command influence" when a three-star general turned down Sinclair's offer before the trial. The judge gave defense attorneys the option of renewing Sinclair's original plea offer or making a different one; in any case, he said, the case must be overseen by a new command authority.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An Army sergeant at Ft. Hood who was tasked with helping prevent sexual assault now faces potential court-martial for sexual abuse, adultery and other criminal charges. The 21 initial charges filed Friday by the Army against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen are related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and detrimental conduct, the Texas base said in a statement. Army investigators started looking into McQueen, 38, last May after allegations surfaced that he had turned a few cash-strapped female soldiers into prostitutes who he then offered to higher-ranking members.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- The accuser in the sexual assault court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified Friday that she continued to have sex with the general for two years after she says he threatened in Iraq to kill her and her family if she revealed what became a three-year affair. The accuser, a military intelligence captain, told a court-martial panel that she continued to have sex with Sinclair because she believed she had no other option, and also feared the general might fire her. "I felt the best way to move forward was to continue sleeping with him," the captain said during a sometimes tearful hour on the witness stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Jason Song
Moving to strengthen its sexual assault policies, the University of California announced new guidelines Friday that require administrators to report more types of violence and harassment and provide more support and protection for victims. The changes come the same day as a deadline for colleges and universities to comply with revised federal laws aimed at more accurate reporting of statistics for serious crimes in and around campuses, including sexual assault. The new policy also is an attempt to deal with the enormous pressure many private and public universities are under to address the widespread problem of campus sexual abuse.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- Sobbing and burying her head in her hands, a U.S. Army captain testified Friday that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex in her office in Afghanistan after she demanded that he remove her from her job working directly for him. The sexual assaults took place with her office door open in a military office complex on busy Kandahar Air Field, she testified. In the first attack, she said, Sinclair roughly pushed her head and shoulders down after she told him, "I hated my life.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- An ambitious proposal to stem the rising number of sexual assaults in the military was rejected Thursday after senators from both parties balked at limiting the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence this session, arguing on behalf of victims within the military ranks. Many have testified that they feared retaliation if they took assault allegations up the chain of command. Her bill would have shifted investigations to military prosecutors.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - He first met the much younger woman who would become his mistress in Germany, and later in Iraq, the general testified Thursday. In 2009, the woman, by then a 29-year-old Army captain, accompanied Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, on missions in Afghanistan. They soon became lovers who exchanged texts and emails brimming with explicit sex talk. He called her "my panda. " She called him "Papa Panda sexy pants. " The passionate three-year affair ultimately soured, and Sinclair was brought before a military judge Thursday on charges related to the relationship.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
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