Defense: Accuser in US Army sex assault case lied

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Defense lawyers for a U.S. Army general facing sexual assault charges say digital evidence collected from his accuser's old smartphone shows she lied under oath.

The young female captain at the heart of the government's case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair testified Tuesday at Fort Bragg. Sinclair was charged in 2012 with criminal counts that include twice physically forcing the woman to perform oral sex during a three-year extramarital affair.

The woman testified she rediscovered an old iPhone containing saved messages from the general on Dec. 9, shortly after a meeting with prosecutors.

A defense expert's examination of data suggests she powered up the device two weeks earlier. Her failure to immediately turn over the evidence may violate her immunity agreement. Adultery is a crime in the military.

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