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Trial set for Ohio-born Air Force officer accused of groping

TNS Regional News • Aug 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

A judge has set a Nov. 12 trial date for an Ohio-born Air Force officer who police say groped a woman in an Arlington, Va., parking lot this year.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, a native of Fairfield, in southwestern Ohio, was employed as the Air Force officer in charge of sexual-assault response and prevention unit for the Air Force until a May 5 incident, when police say he approached a woman in an Arlington parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks. The victim reportedly fought him off and called the police when he tried to touch her again.

Krusinski, who reportedly was drunk during the incident, has been removed from his post pending the investigation.

Krusinski was originally charged with sexual battery, but prosecutors last month opted instead to pursue a charge of assault and battery.

The charges mean Krusinski’s case will be tried before the circuit division of Arlington General District court rather than the criminal division.

Both the original charge and his new charge are punishable by a maximum $2,500 fine, 12 months in prison, or both.

His case was highlighted as an example of the military’s struggles with sexual assault within its ranks.

Before heading up that office, Krusinski was the Force Support Squadron commander at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and served seven months in Iraq at Joint Base Balad, among other assignments in a two-decade career.


By Jessica Wehrman - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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