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Embattled DA Accused of Sending Sexually Harassing Texts Will Resign, His Lawyer Says

Posted Sep 27, 2010 1:05 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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An embattled veteran prosecutor in Wisconsin will resign, his lawyer says, following accusations that he sexually harassed at least three women he apparently met on the job, according to the CNN Justice blog.

The news came at a scheduling hearing today for what was to be an expedited removal proceeding concerning Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth Kratz, reports the Post-Crescent.

The removal proceeding was convened by the Wisconsin state governor following news reports that Kratz had allegedly sent sexually suggestive text messages to a domestic abuse victim, while he was prosecuting her boyfriend, as well as a law student seeking a pardon of an old drug conviction and another woman.

Ken decided that this was in the best interests of everyone involved,” said his lawyer, Robert Craanen. The DA's resignation will be final if it is submitted to the governor before Oct. 8, when the removal hearing is scheduled to begin.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "‘I Am the Prize’ DA’s Self-Report to Bar Authorities Says Crime Victim Flirted with Him"

ABAJournal.com: "Wis. Bar Discipline Group Reopens Probe of Embattled DA Now Accused By Multiple Women"

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