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No Criminal Charges for Ex-‘I Am the Prize’ DA Accused in Sext Case

Posted Mar 28, 2011 12:40 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A former Wisconsin district attorney who admittedly sent sexually suggestive text messages to a woman whose ex-boyfriend was being prosecuted by his office for domestic violence against her won't face criminal charges.

Investigators looked at whether ex-DA Ken Kratz of Calumet County could be pursued criminally under laws against misconduct in office, sexual assault and premature disclosure of a search warrant, but "concluded that they cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed a specific violation of a criminal law," a state Department of Justice spokesman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

As detailed in earlier ABAJournal.com posts, Kratz, who was eventually accused of similar conduct by at least five women in total, at one point sent this text message to the woman who reported Kratz to police: "I'm the attorney. I have the $350,000 house. I have the six-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize." The DA was married at the time.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Criminal Probe for ‘I Am the Prize’ Ex-DA Accused of Sexually Harassing at Work"

ABAJournal.com: "Former Sexting DA Claims Immunity from Civil Suit by Domestic Abuse Victim"

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