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Imprudent Prosecutor

Calumet County, Wisc., District Attorney Ken Kratz, 50, admitted sending 30 text messages to the victim in a case he was prosecuting, apparently trying to get her to have an affair with him. “Are u the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA ... the riskier the better?” he wrote in one. He referred to the 25-year-old victim as a “young, hot nymph” and wondered if her lack of response was due to “Your low self-esteem and you fear you can’t successfully play in my big sandbox?” He suggested the woman “will be either excited or grossed out about the opportunity you have.” The exasperated woman, who was worried the prosecution of the violent crime against her would be dropped if she didn’t cooperate with Kratz, went to police. When the messages came to light, several other women said they got similar messages from Kratz. The state’s justice department said no crime had been committed and referred the matter to the Office of Lawyer Regulation, which cleared Kratz of misconduct. Kratz, who was the chair of the of the state’s Crime Victims Rights Board, refused to resign, so the governor himself stepped in to start termination proceedings. Only then did the prosecutor resign. (RC/Appleton Post-Crescent) ...Obviously she was grossed out.
Original Publication Date: 10 October 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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