Air Force requesting jurisdiction of Arlington sexual assault case

Welsh said Krusinski will be arraigned Thursday on a single count of sexual battery. He said it was standard practice for the military to request jurisdiction of cases like this one.

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Krusinski’s arrest has sparked a wave of condemnation from Pentagon leaders and lawmakers.

“Secretary Hagel expressed outrage and disgust over the troubling allegations and emphasized that this matter will be dealt with swiftly and decisively,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said in a statement Monday.

Welsh said at Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services hearing that was “appalled” by the arrest of Krusinski, who was fired from his post Monday as chief of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response branch.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a vocal critic of the military’s approach to sexual assault, said on Twitter: “There are no words. Air Force Officer in charge of sexual assault prevention arrested for? you guessed it.”