UPDATE: Ex-DA's law license suspended in sexting scandal

In its decision, the justices called Kratz’s actions “boorish” and “appalling.”

“Attorney Kratz’s conduct toward S.V.G. was appalling. Through a series of wheedling text messages, Attorney Kratz attempted to convince S.V.G., a domestic abuse crime victim and witness, to enter into a sexual relationship with him while he was prosecuting the perpetrator of the domestic crime. S.V.G. felt leveraged by Attorney Kratz’s sexual entreaties; she feared that if she failed to respond to him, he might take action in her domestic abuse case that could potentially adversely affect her. This was exploitative behavior, harassing behavior, and a crass placement of his personal interests above those of his client, the State of Wisconsin,” the court wrote.

“In short, whatever his qualities and accomplishments as a lawyer, Attorney Kratz proved himself during the period in question to be sanctionably sophomoric,” it added.

 

In a statement Friday, Kratz said:

“Surprisingly, the disclosure of my unhealthy lifestyle and disrespectful past behaviors has turned out to be the single best thing that has ever happened to me. Despite having lost my 25-year prosecution career, my wife, my house, my life-savings and my reputation, the opportunity I have been given to change my life, and recover from my addictive past, has been remarkable.

“Helping clients and other attorneys who suffer with addiction every day has been the most rewarding part of my 4-year recovery journey, and I look forward to sharing my story of loss, accountability, recovery, and redemption with whoever cares to listen."

UPDATED Friday, June 6, 2014 --- 9:08 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended for four months the law license of a former prosecutor accused of sexual harassment.

Former Calumet County district attorney Ken Kratz tried to spark a relationship with a 25-year-old woman with a series of racy text messages in 2009 while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse. More women then came forward and accused him of making sexual comments to them.

Kratz subsequently resigned and filed for bankruptcy.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced the suspension Friday, calling Kratz's actions "sophomoric."

The Office of Lawyer Regulation had recommended Kratz's license be suspended for six months. A referee recommended a four-month suspension. Kratz argued he had suffered enough and deserved to keep his license.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, June 6, 2014 --- 8:29 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Calumet County district attorney accused of sexual harassment will lose his law license for four months.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court made the announcement Friday and called Ken Kratz's actions "sophomoric."

The state Office of Lawyer Regulation has recommended the court suspend Kratz's license for six months. A referee handling the case recommended a four-month suspension.

Kratz was Calumet County's top prosecutor in 2010 when The Associated Press reported he tried to spark a relationship with a 25-year-old woman with a series of racy text messages in 2009 while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse. More women then came forward and accused him of making sexual comments to them.

Kratz ultimately resigned and later filed for bankruptcy. Kratz did not immediately return a call for comment left at his law office.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 --- 5:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former prosecutor accused of sexual harassment is about to learn whether he can keep practicing law in Wisconsin.

The state Office of Lawyer Regulation has recommended the state Supreme Court suspend Ken Kratz's law license for six months. A referee handling the case has recommended a four-month suspension. Kratz has argued he's suffered enough and he deserves to keep his license.

Kratz was serving as Calumet County's district attorney in 2010 when The Associated Press reported he tried to spark a relationship with a 25-year-old woman through a barrage of racy text messages in 2009 while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse. More women then came forward and accused him of making sexual comments to them.

Kratz ultimately resigned and later filed for bankruptcy.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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