A Wisconsin prosecutor already under fire for sexting a domestic abuse victim also shared shared confidential information about a case with another woman and invited her on a date to an autopsy, according to a letter released by the governor.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said the allegations are troubling and constitute “unimaginable” conduct by Ken Kratz, a district attorney in Calumet County north of Milwaukee.
In the letter, the woman says Kratz shared confidential details about a case and invited her to a woman’s autopsy “provided I would be his girlfriend and would wear high heels and
At a news conference in Madison, Doyle said he was appalled by Kratz’s behavior and would move to have him removed from office. He said he first needs to get a “verified complaint” from a taxpayer in Calumet County. The abuse victim does not live in that county.
Kratz has acknowledged sending 30 text messages in three days last year to a woman while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend in an abuse case.
The woman, Stephanie Van Groll, has told investigators that Kratz asked whether she minded if he reduced the charge against her ex-boyfriend from a felony to a misdemeanor. She responded during the conversation last October that strangulation was a felony, according to records obtained by The Associated Press on Monday.
Minutes after she left his office, Kratz started sending her a series of text messages in which he tried to start an affair.
Kratz has apologized and went on medical leave Monday, but has refused to resign.
Wisconsin governors have the power to remove county officials like Kratz for cause. The Legislative Reference Bureau says it is not aware of any other cases where that has happened.
His attorney says he plans to contest his removal.
– Associated Press
–Chicago Breaking News