An Arlington County judge Thursday set a July trial date for an Air Force officer accused of groping a woman in a Northern Virginia parking lot.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, who had been the chief of the Air Force’s sexual-assault prevention branch, is charged with sexual battery. Police said he was drunk when he approached a woman in a Crystal City parking lot Sunday and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.
Krusinski’s arrest came as the Pentagon reported that there has been a surge in the number of military personnel who are victims of sexual assaults and related crimes.
Krusinski’s trial is set for July 18 on the misdemeanor count, which carries a maximum punishment of a $2,500 fine and a year in jail. During his arraignment, his attorney, Sheryl Shane, asked for additional time to find and question witnesses, but Judge Richard J. McCue declined the request.
Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos has said the Air Force had asked that the county turn over the case for a military prosecution, but she declined.
Krusinski did not answer reporters’ questions as he left the courthouse. Shane and Assistant Arlington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Cari Steele declined to comment after the hearing. Krusinski was removed from his position after his arrest, an Air Force spokeswoman has said.