Air Force lieutenant colonel acquitted of groping woman in parking lot
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was acquitted of assault stemming from an incident in a parking lot not far from the Pentagon.
November 13th, 2013
09:01 PM ET

Air Force lieutenant colonel acquitted of groping woman in parking lot

By CNN's Alison Harding

The former head of an Air Force sexual assault prevention program was acquitted Wednesday of an assault charge stemming from an incident in Arlington, Virginia, last spring, his lawyer confirmed to CNN.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 42, was arrested in May and accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks and breasts in a parking lot in Arlington County, not far from the Pentagon. A police report said the unidentified woman fought off her assailant, who appeared intoxicated.

Krusinski was initially charged with sexual battery, but prosecutors later changed that charge to assault and battery, according to CNN affiliate WJLA.

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  4. denverboy

    acquitted....and we really wonder why the problem is systemic ...The Joint Chiefs are just laughing there heads off right about now ... Don't ya think ???

    November 16, 2013 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Ted Real

      You realize it was a trial in a civilian court, right? Military bosses never laugh over terrible exposure like this. Just like any civilian corporation, the board of directors would bar-b-que the person involved, found guilty or not has zero to do with it. PR is the only thing that matters, and not getting your bosses in front of the hill for a Q&A session.

      According to testimony it sounds pretty simple:

      A man came up behind her, and she felt him “firmly grab my rear end.” Then, she said, he “asked me if I like it". The man walked away, she said, but she caught up and confronted him. She felt as if he was taunting her, she said, and she punched him several times in his face and then pushed him in the face. He put his hands behind his head, she testified, and backed away. When she was done she had blood running down her hands.

      To quote the server that watched "I don't blame her, but she went crazy".

      Obviously his career is over. Military public relations will destroy his career so fast it won't be funny. At that level of exposure, his career was destroyed whether or not the incident was guilty or not in court. It makes zero difference. Hell, you loose your security clearance just because of the arrest warrant.

      November 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  5. Retired Army

    Acquitted or not, this will be the end of his career. There is just no getting such an incident out of the minds of the officers who make career decisions and decide on promotions.

    November 15, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
  6. Yaka Fear

    It's the Air Force. Does anyone really expect anything else?

    November 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Sergeant R

      He was tried in a civilian court by a jury of his civilian peers. Your problem is not with the military, its with society.

      November 18, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
  7. Random

    Just throwing it out there we noticed our military is being cleaned out. I don't think many of us approve. If it keeps up we are going to have to get loud and defend our guys, because they can't even speak up with out risking their jobs. Mass firings will be met with protest.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Retired Army

      While I don't like it either, it's a fact that the ranks are culled after every major war or conflict. The country has never had a large standing military. Although I do find it unusual that so many Generals have been relieved lately.

      November 15, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply

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