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Jeffrey Krusinski, Air Force Officer, begins trial for groping woman

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - An Air Force officer who once led the branch's sex assault response team is scheduled to go on trial for allegedly groping a woman outside a Crystal City bar.

Forty-two-year-old Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was initially charged with misdemeanor sexual battery following the May 5 incident. But Arlington County prosecutors subsequently dropped the sexual battery charge and substituted a misdemeanor assault and battery charge.

Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos said a generic assault charge was more appropriate under Virginia law given the standard of proof required for a sexual battery conviction.

The woman told police that Krusinski grabbed her breast and buttocks.

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

A bench trial is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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