CRIME

Jeffrey Krusinski acquitted of assault and battery

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP/WJLA) - An Air Force officer accused of groping a woman outside an Arlington bar in May has been acquitted.

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Closing argument in the trial of Jeffrey Krusinski, the former leader of the branch's sexual assault response team, ended Wednesday before the jury got the case.

Day two of testimony came and went without the lieutenant colonel taking the stand in his own defense. The first day of the trial was highlighted by the testimony of both the 23-year-old victim and a witness to the alleged misdemeanor battery.

The incident happened May 5 outside a bar in Crystal City. Another witness testified Krusinski groped two others, including herself, in the minutes before the incident.

But defense attorneys highlighted discrepancies in the witnesses' testimony.

Krusinski was charged in May with misdemeanor sexual battery, but that charge was dropped in favor of a generic assault-and-battery charge. Prosecutors say the new charge was more appropriate given the legal standard for a sexual battery conviction in Virginia.

The Air Force removed Krusinski from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit after his arrest.

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