I was wondering what happened to LTC Krusinski out in Virginia since his arrest and was wondering why folks on the Hill weren’t making more of the former AF SAPR office head’s dethroning.  Well that’s because the civilian system has yet again shown how the court-martial system could actually be tougher on sexual assault cases.  From Stars and Stripes, here:

The Air Force sexual assault prevention administrator accused of groping a woman in a public parking lot won’t be charged with sexual battery after all, but still faces potential jail time over the incident.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, whose arrest in May became a rallying point for critics of how the military handles sexual assault cases, now faces assault and battery charges. He was accused of approaching a woman in a parking lot and grabbing her breasts and buttocks, according to the crime report.

The charges carry essentially the same penalties as the previous ones — from steep fines to a year in prison — but don’t require the same proof of lewd behavior or intent.

Krusinski, 41, appeared Thursday [Jul. 18] in Arlington County Court for the legal moves. He ignored the 20-plus media members gathered for the event and did not speak during his minute-long appearance before the court.

And now I also know why some portions of the media haven’t followed the story.

7 Responses to “Commonwealth Drops Sexual Battery Charges in Krusinski Case”

  1. johnny says:

    As any former trial counsel can tell you, this case would have been treated much more seriously in the military.  LTC Krusinski would have been charged with abusive sexual contact.  Assuming the facts as described are accurate, he probably would have been convicted too.  I have even seen cases of just touching someone’s buttocks charged as abusive sexual contact.  Although Congress would not want to admit it, the reported holy grail 26,000 number is full of unwanted touching and sexual harassment cases that would at most be treated as assault but most likely are completely ignored by the civilian system.  In one case, the local authorities refused to even investigate, let alone prosecute, a male Soldier grabbing a female Solder’s buttocks multiple times, despite multiple witnesses.  At least the military investigated that case, and the Soldier received an appropriate punishment. 

  2. Lieber says:

    Wasn’t this discussed here before?  The sexual component of the battery charges was dropped weeks ago and covered in (some of) the press.

  3. some TC says:

    I would have expected a similar outcome from a court-martial, involving a PTC with guilty pleas to 128 vice 120. The current state of SORNA makes these sorts of cases a free-for-all; in my experience CAs are not interested in being responsible for someone ending up on the sex offender registry for something like this.

  4. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    Lieber, you’re right.  Zach covered it and I missed it, here.  So everyone can now live in my time warp.

  5. Weirick says:

    We still love you NoMan. 

  6. Phil Cave says:

    Who cares.
    He was convicted by Congress.
    He was convicted in the media.
    He’s been convicted by senior Air Farce leadership.
    Despite Alice’s objections he will be hanged shortly.
    Carroll would be proud of you; the LtCol’s trial will be scheduled TBD.

  7. soonergrunt says:

    I asked Ms. Dvorak via twitter what she thought of this, in light of her previous column.  Curiously, she has neglected to reply.