The Air Force said Monday it has removed the head of a program designed to reduce sexual assaults in the service after a woman accused him of groping her in a Crystal City, Va., parking lot.
Authorities said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinksi, 41, of Arlington, Va., posted $5,000 bail Sunday after the incident. He was charged with sexual battery, a misdemeanor that could leave him with a sex offender record if convicted, said Maj. Susie Doyel, director of administration for the Arlington County Sheriff's Office.
A police report said a woman accused Krusinski, a former St. Mary's University student, of grabbing her breasts and buttocks in a parking lot around 12:35 a.m. Sunday. The assailant was described in the police report as “a drunken male,” and when he approached her a second time, “The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police.”
The leader of one group advocating for greater protections for military sexual trauma victims said she was infuriated by the news.
“If these allegations are true, this is one more example on a long list of how fundamentally broken the military justice system and culture are,” said Nancy Parrish, founder of Protect Our Defenders, a group that helped coordinate testimony before a recent congressional hearing on the sex-abuse scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Krusinski, chief of the office since February, appeared to have bruises and cuts to his face and neck in a jailhouse mug shot. The brief police report did not provide further details about the incident, but Lt. Col. Laura Tingley, an Air Force spokeswoman, said Krusinski was immediately removed from his post.
Word that a high-profile officer had been accused of sexual misconduct comes amid the growing misconduct scandal that has become the worst in Air Force history. So far, 33 basic training instructors at Lackland have been accused of misconduct with 63 recruits and technical training students.
As the branch chief, Krusinski oversaw the office that builds products and programs that support the sexual assault and prevention office. Lackland has a SAPRO office, as it is called, as do other Air Force installations.