The officer in charge of a United States Air Force sexual assault prevention and response division has been charged with sexual assault himself when a woman in Virginia claimed that he groped her breasts and buttocks in a parking lot. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was arrested by Arlington County police and charged with sexual battery for the alleged incident which occurred early Sunday morning. The woman says that Krusinski appeared to be drunk at the time and she managed to scratch his face to make him release her before calling the police for help.
Government officials at the Pentagon in addition to members of Congress expressed disgust and outrage that Krusinski was the individual involved in a sexual attack because he just started a new job this past winter leading the Air Force’s unit attempting to lower the increasing number of sexual assaults that are occurring in the military.
U.S. Secretary of State Chuck Hegel called the crime committed by Krusinski “vile” and promised swift action. Even president Barack Obama weighed in, announcing that he had zero tolerance for any crimes dealing with sexual assault and expected that severe consequences would result.
“Sexual assault has no place in the United States military,” said Pentagon press secretary George Little in a statement Monday. “The American people, including our service members, should expect a culture of absolutely no tolerance for this deplorable behavior that violates not only the law, but basic principles of respect, honor, and dignity in our society and its military. Secretary Hagel is firmly committed to upholding the highest standards of behavior in America’s armed forces and will take action to see this through.”
There has been no word if the 41-year old Krusinski has a hidden history of sexual deviance.
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