Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who used to run the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, was acquitted of an assault charge on Wednesday. The charge stemmed from in incident during which the officer allegedly grabbed a woman's breasts and butt in an Arlington, Virginia parking lot. He faced an assault-and-battery charge after prosecutors dropped an initial sexual battery charge, a misdemeanor.
The jury handed down an acquittal despite testimony from multiple witnesses, including another woman who says Krusinski groped her before approaching the woman in question. The defense, it seemed, successfully convinced the jury that inconsistencies in the woman's account of events was enough to warrant reasonable doubt. Those inconsistencies centered around how many times the woman punched Krusinski after the alleged groping. The defense also suggested that because Krusinski was drunk at the time of the alleged incident, any contact between the two was accidental.
If convicted, Krusinski would have faced a year in jail and a fine of $2,500. The Air Force told Stars and Stripes that it would wait until after the verdict to make a decision on the officer's future service.
(Photo: AP/Arlington County Police Department)