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Sex Assault Review Prompts Pentagon To Suspend 60 Troops

Photo credit: Arlington County Police Dept.

Mugshot of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who was in charge Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit. Krusinski was arrested for sexual battery after allegedly groping a woman in an Arlington, Virginia parking lot. That charge was later dropped, and Krusinski will instead be tried on a generic assault charge.

A review of the records of military sexual assault counselors and recruiters, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in May, has prompted the suspension of 55 soldiers and 5 members of the Navy - who, it turned out, had committed crimes like child abuse and sexual assault.

According to information obtained by USA Today, each branch of the military reviewed the records of an estimated 35,000 service members.

The Army found 55 of its soldiers in positions of sex assault counselor, drill instructor, or recruiter had criminal records for sexual assault, child abuse, and crimes related to alcohol abuse.

As for the Navy...

It disqualified three of 5,125 recruiters it reviewed, and two of 4,739 counselors. It reviewed records of 869 recruit instructors; none of them was disqualified.

Neither the Marine Corps nor the Air Force has suspended any of its members based on reviews of sex offender websites.

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