Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Charged With Sexual Battery


Pentagon officials believe sexual assaults go underreported and estimate that the actual number of incidents of unwanted sexual contact in 2012 may have been 26,000, a sharp increase from the estimated 19,000 in 2011.

Some lawmakers responded strongly to news of Krusinski's arrest.

"When I saw this it made me literally sick to my stomach," Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said. "How many more reasons do we need to take cases of rape and sexual assault out of the chain of command?"

Speier introduced legislation in April that would establish a Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Council and create an enhanced Sexual Assault Oversight and Response office within the military.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called the report "extremely disturbing."

"It is clear that the status quo regarding sexual assaults in the military is simply unacceptable," Gillibrand said in a statement emailed to ABC News. "Next week, I am going to take this issue head on by introducing a set of commonsense reforms. We have to reform how the military handles sexual assault cases and take on the culture that perpetuates this kind of behavior."

Defense Secretary Hagel ordered a review of rules surrounding military convictions for sexual assault in March after an Air Force general decided to throw out an F-16 fighter pilot's jury conviction for aggravated sexual assault.

ABC News' Tom Shine and Sarah Parnass contributed to this story.

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