(Newsroom America) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed outrage and disgust over the "troubling allegations" that an Air Force officer responsible for the service's sexual assault and prevention efforts has been charged with sexual battery.
The Arlington County Police Department said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, allegedly grabbed a woman's breasts and buttocks in a Crystal City parking near the Pentagon late at night. The woman reportedly fended him of and called 911.
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Lt. Col. Krusinski has been removed from his position pending the outcome of an investigation.
"Secretary Hagel expressed outrage and disgust over the troubling allegations and emphasized that this matter will be dealt with swiftly and decisively.
"Secretary Hagel has been directing the department's leaders to elevate their focus on sexual assault prevention and response, and he will soon announce next steps in our ongoing efforts to combat this vile crime," said Mr Little in a statement.
He said sexual assault has no place in the United States military.
"The American people, including our service members, should expect a culture of absolutely no tolerance for this deplorable behavior that violates not only the law, but basic principles of respect, honor, and dignity in our society and its military.
"Secretary Hagel is firmly committed to upholding the highest standards of behavior in America's armed forces and will take action to see this through," he said.