Jeffrey Krusinski charged with sexual battery in Arlington, Va.

10:09 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The U.S. Air Force Chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Branch at the Pentagon was arrested and charged with sexual battery on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred on the 500 block of S. 23rd Street in Arlington, Va. at 12:35 a.m. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, was drunk when he approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks. The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again, Arlington Police said. 

Court records show Krusinski posted $5,000 unsecured bond. His arraignment is set for Thursday. 

An Air Force spokesperson told WUSA9 that he was removed from the position after his arrest. 

According to Air Force Times, Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski had only been on the job for two months, said spokeswoman Candice Ismirle. He has deployed to Afghanistan, where he was assigned to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan CJ-7 directorate in 2011. 

In a separate statement, the Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Secretary Hagel had spoken to the Air Force Secretary Donley in regards to this issue. 

He said, "Secretary Hagel expressed outrage and disgust over the troubling allegations and emphasized that this matter will be dealt with swiftly and decisively.  Secretary Hagel has been directing the Department's leaders to elevate their focus on sexual assault prevention and response, and he will soon announce next steps in our ongoing efforts to combat this vile crime."

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