Trial date set for former Air Force sex assault office chief accused of assault
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, formerly the Air Force's point man on sexual assault prevention programs, arrives at the Arlington County courthouse on July 18, 2013. Krusinski was originally charged with sexual battery stemming from a May incident in Arlington, Va, but is now being charged with assault and battery.
The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
ARLINGTON, Va. — A judge has set a Nov. 12 trial date for Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, an Air Force officer who police say groped a woman in a Virginia parking lot this year.
Krusinski, 41, a native of Fairfield, in southwestern Ohio, was employed as the Air Force officer in charge of sexual assault response and prevention unit for the Air Force until a May 5 incident, when police say he approached a woman in an Arlington, Va. parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks. The victim reportedly fought him off and called police when he tried to touch her again.
Krusinski, who was reportedly drunk during the incident, has been removed from his post pending the investigation.
Krusinski was originally charged with sexual battery, but prosecutors last month opted instead to pursue a charge of assault and battery. The charges mean Krusinski’s case will be tried before the circuit division of Arlington General District court rather than the criminal division.
Both the original charge and his new charge are punishable by a maximum $2,500 fine, 12 months in prison, or both.
His case was highlighted as an example of the military’s struggles with sexual assault within its ranks.
Before heading up that office, Krusinski was the Force Support Squadron commander at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and served seven months in Iraq at Joint Base Balad, among other assignments in a two-decade career.