The Chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch of the Air Force has been arrested on charges of sexual battery.
According to the police report, Col. Jeff Krusinski drunkenly approached a female in an Arlington, Virginia, parking lot just after midnight on May 5th and grabbed her breasts and buttocks. The woman, per Arlington Now, attempted to fight Krusinski off as he tried touching her again, and she called the police for help. Police arrived at the scene and arrested Krusinski for sexual battery. He is being held with a $5,000 bail.
After the arrest, an Air Force spokesperson confirmed Krusinski’s rank and job title within in the Air Force. Not surprisingly, Krusinski has been removed from his position pending an investigation.
The victim, who remains unidentified, says she had never met Krusinski prior to the assault.
The incident is the latest in a string of sexual assault cases within the Air Force. Most recently, more than thirty training instructors and drill sergeants were charged in a sexual assault scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. As of this time, close to 60 victims from the base have come forward claiming to have been abused.
According to a Department of Defense report, an estimated 19,000 members of the armed forces were victims of sexual abuse in 2011.