A judge has set a Nov. 12 trial date for a local Air Force officer who police say groped a woman in an Arlington, Va., parking lot this year.
Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, a native of Fairfield, was employed as the Air Force officer in charge of sexual assault response for the Air Force until a May 5 incident when police say he approached a woman in an Arlington, Va. parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks. The victim fought him off when he tried to touch her again and called the police.
Krusinski, who was reportedly 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.
Krusinski has been removed from his post at the Air Force pending an investigation.
His case was highlighted as an example of the military’s struggles with sexual assault within its ranks.
Before heading up that office, he 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.
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