The Air Force’s chief of sexual assault prevention, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, was arrested and charged early Sunday morning with sexual battery. That’s right–you read correctly.
According to the Arlington, Virginia police department, the 41-year-old chief drunkenly “approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.” The report says that the woman tried to fight him off when he tried to touch her again and alerted the police. A mugshot released by the police department shows Krusinski with a scratched face as a result of the altercation. He was held on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
As of Monday, Krusinski was stripped of his title, Air Force spokesman Maj. Eric Badger said.
“If these allegations are true, this is one more example on a long list of how fundamentally broken the military justice system and culture are,” Nancy Parrish, the president of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group for the survivors of military sexual assault, told Wired. “The idea that the head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office could be arrested for sexual assault indicates the depth of the problem. It’s outrageous.”
Krusinski attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and has served in Afghanistan, as well as the deputy expeditionary mission support group commander at Joint Base Balad in Iraq, reports Stars and Stripes. He was also commander of the 6th Force Support Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
The incident coincidentally happened just days before the Pentagon is scheduled to release updated numbers of the rise of sexual assaults in the military. The number of reported sexual assaults increased by six percent, from 3,192 in 2011 to 3,374 in 2012.
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