Air Force sex assault prevention chief faces sexual battery charge

The lieutenant colonel in charge of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response branch was arrested Sunday in Arlington, Va., on suspicion of sexual battery.

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Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski was charged with sexual battery early Sunday morning, Arlington County police said in a blotter.

Air Force officials confirmed Monday that Krusinski was fired from his position at the service's sexual assault prevention and response branch.

Senior Air Force leaders were immediately notified of Krusinski's arrest and ordered the officer to be removed from his position, according to Air Force officials.

Police accuse Krusinski, 41, of inappropriately touching a woman while drunk in a parking lot in Crystal City, Va. just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The woman fought the suspect off as he tried touching her again, police said, and she alerted authorities.

Krusinski was held on a $5,000 bond, authorities said.

Krusinski's dismissal comes as the Defense Department is poised to release its latest review of department-wide efforts to address the issue of sexual assault within the military's ranks.

The Air Force has come under fire over the past year over the way it has handled sexual assault within its ranks. The criticism has centered over a scandal involving more than two-dozen basic training instructors at Lackland Air Base in Texas and a sexual case where a guilty verdict was overturned by a commander in a post-trial review.

Updated at 5:01 p.m.

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