Air Force Colonel Charged with Assault

Arlington County prosecutors have indicted the former chief of the Air Force's sexual assault prevention office on an assault and battery charge stemming from an incident outside a Crystal City bar.

The indictment Monday, reported by The Washington Post, against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was expected. Last month, prosecutors dropped a sexual battery charge and said they planned to bring generic assault charges.

Krusinski was arrested in May after police said a woman accused him of groping her.

When she dropped the sexual battery charge, Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos said a generic assault charge was more appropriate given the level of proof required for a sexual battery conviction.

Krusinski's arrest brought attention to what critics say has been an epidemic of sexual assaults in the military.


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