Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, who earned a masters degree at St. Mary's in 1997, was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly fondling a woman in a parking lot in the Washington, D.C. area just three months after becoming the head of the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
A branch of the office exists at Lackland AFB.
"We've made it entirely clear to the Joint Base San Antonio population that if you feel that you are a victim of any kind of sexual assault or misconduct, that you should report that to the sexual assault awareness officer," said JBSA spokesman Brent Boller.
On Tuesday, senators in Washington questioned the military's efforts to change a culture perceived by many as broken following the scandal at Lackland involving dozens of training instructors and recruits.
"This arrest speaks volumes about the status and effectiveness of the Department of Defense's efforts to address the plague of sexual assaults in the military," said Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).
"How can we possibly stop the amount of sexual assault and rape in the military if the person in charge commits the same crime," asked Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
A new Department of Defense report released Tuesday estimates an average of 70 sexual assaults involving military personnel occur every day, almost eight times as many as were actually reported last year.
"Sexual assault is something that is uppermost in the minds of the leadership and airmen in the Air Force and all services for that matter and we take it extremely seriously and we do everything in our power to make sure that it does not occur," said Boller.
Krusinski posted bail on Sunday and faces a charge of sexual battery.
The Air Force has removed him as head of the SAPRO.