At a news conference yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle said that he was appalled by the behavior of Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz, who admitted to sending 30 sexually harassing text messages to a domestic abuse victim while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend for nearly choking her to death. Governor Doyle said that he will begin the process to remove Kratz as district attorney.
According to police records, the text messages that Kratz, 50, sent to Stephanie Van Groll in October 2009 include the following:
- “Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA … the riskier the better?”
- “I’m the attorney. I have the $350,000 house. I have the six-figure income. You may be the tall, young hot nymph, but I am the prize.”
- “I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you’d be THE woman! R U that good?”
The Boston Globe reported that “Kratz started sending the texts minutes after he told the 26-year-old woman, Stephanie Van Groll, that he was considering reducing the charge against her ex-boyfriend, a move she did not support.”
Though Kratz has resigned as chairman of the Wisconsin Crime Victims Rights Board, the district attorney went on medical leave yesterday and has hired an attorney to help him keep his job.