Air Force sexual assault officer arrested for sexual assault

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, chief of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office’s Air Force’s branch, was arrested for -- wait for it -- sexual assault.

According to an Arlington County crime report, just past midnight on Sunday, May 5, Krusinski “approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks. The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police.”

Krusinski was arrested and charged with sexual battery, and released on $5,000 bond. He was removed from his position on Monday, Pentagon officials said.

The arrest was first reported by ARLNow.com.

The news comes after E-Ring first reported that the Air Force sexual assault office has been passing out interesting trinkets -- breath mints, hand sanitizer, and sponge footballs -- in the Pentagon in the hopes that they will promote good behavior and safety.

Frank Cope, from the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator office, told the E-ring that the tchotchkes “spread the message of respect and help available to those who need it.”

“Our phone numbers go out on every one of those items, people see them and often they make the call to the DOD Sexual Assault Hotline (877-995-5247) or a local SARC and begin a conversation that may start them on a journey from victim to survivor.”

UPDATE: The Krusinski arrest
quickly has reverberated through the Pentagon's highest office. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, late Monday, released the following statement which reveals Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will roll out further sexual assault prevention measures soon.

Little said: "This evening Secretary Hagel spoke to Air Force Secretary Donley about allegations of misconduct involving an Air Force officer who had been responsible for the service's sexual assault and prevention efforts and was removed today from his position pending the outcome of an investigation.  Secretary Hagel expressed outrage and disgust over the troubling allegations and emphasized that this matter will be dealt with swiftly and decisively.  Secretary Hagel has been directing the Department's leaders to elevate their focus on sexual assault prevention and response, and he will soon announce next steps in our ongoing efforts to combat this vile crime.  Sexual assault has no place in the United States military.  The American people, including our service members, should expect a culture of absolutely no tolerance for this deplorable behavior that violates not only the law, but basic principles of respect, honor, and dignity in our society and its military.  Secretary Hagel is firmly committed to upholding the highest standards of behavior in America's armed forces and will take action to see this through."