MADISON - The Wisconsin District Attorneys Association is asking Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz to discipline himself after text messages Kratz sent to a sexual assault victim surfaced.
In a letter to Kratz, the district attorneys write, "When a crime victim exercised her statutory right to consult with the prosecutor, you used that access to promote your own self interests. That alone was wrong, however the goals you were pursuing were improper, disturbing, and repugnant."
In their letter dated Friday, the state district attorneys do not directly ask Kratz to step down, however, they write, "those of us who have supervisory duties in our offices have no hesitation in declaring that any prosecutor in our own offices would be discharged for this type of behavior.
"We hope that you will recognize that your behavior was inconsistent with the standards of our profession, and that you will impose upon yourself the discipline that we would hope you would impose upon anyone else who might do the same."
The letter goes on to state that if Kratz does not punish himself, the district attorneys would ask Gov. Jim Doyle to evaluate the case to see if Kratz should be removed from office.
Governor Doyle's office issued a statement about the case.
"As a former DA and AG who has worked with many victims of crime, the Governor is very surprised and shocked by these deeply troubling accounts," said press secretary Adam Collins. "The shocking and troubling accounts are very serious, and the Governor will be in contact with the Attorney General to discuss all options."
The series of 30 messages Kratz, 50, sent to the 26-year-old victim last October, came to light this week. In the messages, Kratz appears to be pursuing a romantic relationship with the woman, whose ex-boyfriend Kratz was prosecuting for abusing her. In a statement Wednesday , Kratz freely acknowledged he sent the messages, adding he reported them to the state Office of Lawyer Regulation, which found no criminal wrongdoing.
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