Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Arrested For Sexual Assault

Source: Phil D. Shinkman / U.S. News & World Report

The airman tasked with overseeing the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention program has been accused of groping a woman in Arlington, Va. over the weekend.

Arlington police have charged Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski with sexual battery after a woman reported he grabbed her breasts and buttocks in a parking lot in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 5, before fighting him off.

Stars and Stripes reported Monday that Krusinski had been removed from his position as head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response branch. He will be arraigned on Thursday, where an Arlington judge will determine under whose jurisdiction he will be tried. The Air Force has requested jurisdiction over the case.

“It is unacceptable that this takes place at any time in our Air Force,” said Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, in a Senate hearing Tuesday morning with Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. He added he and Donley were “appalled” by what he described as “deeply troubling” news.

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