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May 6, 2013 5:37 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Air Force's sex-abuse prevention honcho charged with sexual battery

Arlington, VA(NBC News)-The Air Force official in charge of its sexual-assault policies was arrested for groping, authorities said Monday.
Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, was removed from his position as head of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office pending an investigation, a senior defense official said.

The incident happened just after midnight Sunday when a drunken Krusinski allegedly approached the woman in a parking lot in Arlington, Va., and grabbed her breasts and buttocks, according to a police report.

Police said the woman fought off her assailant and scratches can be seen on Krusinski's face in his mug shot. He was charged with sexual battery.

He didn't show up for work today and would not talk to colleagues about the incident, the senior official said.

His arrest comes as the U.S. military grapples with sexual assault in its ranks. The Air Force recently came under fire when a commander reversed a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case. (Photo: Arlington County PD)

 

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