Jeff Krusinski, Air Force officer, charged with sexual battery

Police say Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was intoxicated as he fondled a woman in a Crystal City parking lot early Sunday. Photo: Arlington County Police

The chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch of the U.S. Air Force has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.

Police say{ }Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41,{ }was intoxicated as he fondled a woman in a Crystal City parking lot early Sunday.{ }The woman fought him off as he tried to touch her again.{ }

A man who says he was working at one of the nearby bars when the incident happened tells ABC7 Krusinski was walking west on 23rd Street and was obviously drunk.

The man says Krusinski hugged a waitress on the street, who told him to move along. Shortly after that, he encountered the woman he allegedly groped, who punched him in the face.

Mira Arbid, a server at the Crystal City Sports Pub, said she was shocked such a crime would happen in the area, especially considering the alleged suspect is a military member working to prevent these types of actions.{ }

“I honestly don’t know what to say about that,” she said. “Because the position he is in you would trust him more.”{ }

“I feel it’s very sad, but it happens in every neighborhood,” added Beverly Broom of D.C.

Krusinski was removed from his position in the sexual assault unit after the Air Force learned of his arrest. He started the position in Feb.

He{ }was released on $5,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.{ }

On Twitter, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little had this to say about{ } Krusinski's arrest:

#SecDef #Hagel outraged, disgusted over arrest of Air Force sexual assault prevention chief on charges of sexual battery.

— George Little (@PentagonPresSec) May 7, 2013

The Associated Press contributed to this report.