Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, was arrested this past weekend and charged with sexual battery by the Arlington, Virginia police department.
According to the police report, a drunk Krusinski “grabbed her breasts and buttocks” in a parking lot.
What makes this particularly galling is the fact that the Lieutenant Colonel is the chief of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention and response unit. This is an example of criminal hypocrisy to the extreme.
Reporter Jennifer Hlad wrote about Lt. Col. Krusinski's arrest in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, and the epidemic of sexual assault in the Air Force.
The Air Force has recently come under fire for a decision by a lieutenant general to throw out the sexual assault conviction of fighter pilot Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. Wilkerson, 44, the former inspector general for the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base in Italy, was convicted last year of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to a year in jail, forfeiture of pay and dismissal from the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin overturned the sentence and reinstated Wilkerson into the Air Force.
Additionally, more than a dozen training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the Air Force’s basic training facility, have been convicted of misconduct with trainees, from fraternization to sexual assault. More cases are still under investigation.
I wrote about this issue in a March 14th, 2013 blog post entitled “US Military Culture Of Rape & Sexual Assault Resistant To Change” in response to Kirby Dick’s outstanding documentary film on the subject, The Invisible War.
Lt. Col. Krusinski is the bad guy here, and there’s no question about that. But the Lieutenant Colonel is one of many sexual predators in the US military, which reflects a larger problem that personally disgusts me.
I have no doubt that you are as outraged by the military culture of sexual assault as I am, and call on our military to address this issue immediately.
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