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WI District Attorney to Resign Over ‘Sexting’

After almost a month of inquiry into allegations of sexting his clients, the District Attorney of Calumet County, Ken Kratz, stated yesterday that he intends to resign. The Associated Press said Kratz made the announcement in the midst of movement by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to have him removed from office. Kratz’s Attorney Robert Craanen said Monday that Kratz will step down before October 8, the date set for a hearing on his possible removal from office. Governor Doyle’s spokesman said Craanen’s announcement has no bearing on efforts to remove Kratz; “Until Governor Doyle has his resignation in hand, he will continue with the removal process.” Ever since it came out earlier this month that Kratz sent sexually suggestive messages to the victim in a domestic violence case he was prosecuting, he has been under fire from state officials, victims rights advocacy groups and a district attorneys association reports the Green Bay Press Gazette. Since the first allegation became public, several other women have come forward with reports of inappropriate sexual advances from Kratz, one alleging he said he would help win her case in exchange for sex. The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and American Indians Against Abuse announced in a joint statement that resignation is just the first step toward restoring justice in Calumet County.

Sources:

The Green Bay Press Gazette 9/27/10; The Associated Press 9/27/10