Jeff Krusinsk charged with sexual assault against air force official

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Sexual Assault Charge Filed Against Air Force Official

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, was the head of the United States Air Force Assault Prevention and Response Office.  According to an Air Force official, he was removed from his position today after a charge of sexual assault was filed against him on Monday.

A drunken Krusinski allegedly grabbed a woman’s breasts and buttocks in an Arlington, Virginia parking lot just after midnight Sunday.  The woman fought him off and put a few deep scratches in his face.

“A drunken male subject approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks,” according to a Arlington County Police Department crime report. “The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police.”

“Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with sexual battery,” police said. “He was held on a $5,000 unsecured bond.”

The Air Force has recently been under criticism for sexual assault cases, when a commander reversed a  guilty decision in one case.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a member of the Armed Services Committee, said the allegations were “extremely disturbing.”

“It is clear that the status quo regarding sexual assaults in the military is simply unacceptable. Next week I am going to take this issue head on by introducing a set of common sense reforms,” she said in a statement.

“We have to reform how the military handles sexual assault cases and take on the culture that perpetuates this kind of behavior.”

Approximately 19,000 sexual assault cases occur in the military each year, according to the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO).  80% go unreported.  Only 3,192 cases were reported but only 1,516 of those cases were considered actionable.

Myla Haider was originally trained in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Army.  She was asked by her commander to head up intelligence for a battalion in Iraq.

She was partnered with three men, and they often spent days together in an armored vehicle.  They became good friends, although they couldn’t shower for days, wearing protective suits.  They were like her brothers, they shared their secrets with each other.

But Haider was harboring one big one.  She was raped when she was in CID training.  She made a decision not to report the attack.

“I’ve never met one victim who was able to report the crime and still retain their military career,” she says. “Not one.”

When she returned to the CID, a few years later, she was contacted by an officer who was investigating a possible serial rapist.  The identity of the alleged rapist was of the same man who had violated her.

“All of the other women who were involved in the case had been attacked after I was attacked,” Haider says. “So I thought the only right thing for me to do was to be involved.”

The legal action taken against soldiers accused of rape is in the form of a military court martial.  Only a very small percentage of those are every convicted.  And some who are, have had their convictions overturned by their commanding officers with no explanation.

And the victims are the ones who continue to pay.

“When I reported it, it was a very small part of my life. But by making that choice, my reporting of it took over my life, ruined my career and wound up, ultimately, getting me kicked out of the Army,” she says.

In the case of Haider’s attacker, and the other plaintiffs, his charges were reduced, and he was not required to be registered as a sex offender.

Recently there has been a scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, in which 62 female trainees came forward alleging that they were sexually assaulted or harassed by their training instructors.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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