Strip Ken Kratz law license for being a sexual predator
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http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/disgraced-former-da-kratz-cited-by-regulators-for-alleged-sexual/article_4602156e-236a-11e1-b8b2-001871e3ce6c.html Disgraced former DA Kratz cited by regulators for alleged sexual assault
The state Department of Justice investigated an allegation that former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz sexually assaulted a woman he previously prosecuted but declined to charge him because investigators felt the witness lacked credibility, records show.
The Office of Lawyer Regulation found merit in the allegation, however, citing Kratz for two ethics violations related to the incident, according to an 11-count complaint filed late last month.
It is the most serious allegation in the ethics case filed against Kratz, who resigned in October 2010 after it was revealed the long-time district attorney sent 30 sexually charged text messages to a crime victim half his age while prosecuting her ex-boyfriend for domestic violence.
The DOJ investigated the incident and several others involving Kratz but concluded in March that criminal charges were not warranted.
In a memo closing the department's investigation into the alleged sexual assault, Assistant Attorney General Tom Storm wrote the woman would not make a plausible witness. He cited her "documented mental illness," three previous convictions — for making a false representation, retail theft and disorderly conduct — and evidence there was "consent to the sexual contact."
Storm also referred to the woman's "status as a victim or witness with problematic inconsistencies in four other cases" but provided no details.
The woman reported the alleged incident to her probation agent after the sexting scandal broke last fall, but the records quote the agent as saying he wasn't sure of the validity of the woman's complaint. The 89-page investigative report makes no mention of interviewing Kratz.
However, Kratz acknowledged to the Office of Lawyer Regulation he had a sexual relationship with the 44-year-old woman but it was "private and consensual."
Steve Means, executive assistant at DOJ, said the agency's investigation was thorough.
"Any time there's an allegation of sexual assault by a person in power, it's a serious matter and we treat it that way," Means said.
In this case, Means said, the agency was obliged not to prosecute because it concluded the state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed.
"Any time you go into a prosecutorial decision, you have to look at whether a jury will believe your witnesses," Means said.
Still, the OLR — which operates under a lower burden of proof — apparently found the account credible, charging Kratz with two counts related to the alleged incident: sexual harassment and engaging in "offensive personality." It seeks a six-month suspension of Kratz's law license based on the totality of his alleged conduct.
Kratz's attorney, Robert Bellin of Neenah, noted his client was cleared of any criminal conduct. He declined to comment on the OLR filing.
Attempts to reach the alleged victim were not successful. Her boyfriend, who asked not to be named to avoid identifying her, said the woman told him she "does not want to see somebody get off scot-free" but is afraid of being "smeared."
Fearful about reporting
In the four-page summary of the DOJ interview, the alleged victim at times appeared to blame herself for the incident. But the scenario she described appeared far from consensual.
The woman, whose name was deleted from the investigative report, told agents Kratz prosecuted her three times in Calumet County between 2006 and 2008. Then, "out of the blue," she said Kratz asked to visit her at home between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2009.
After arriving, Kratz reportedly told the woman several times he knew everything about her and could make trouble for her. She said Kratz then discussed bondage and ordered her to perform a sex act. The woman claims he also groped her and was quoted telling the agents "she was a fool to have let him."
She described the incident as "really scary" because Kratz had "such seniority" over her and bragged about hitting women who did not "submit" to him.
"It should be noted that throughout the interview, (the woman) was visibly upset," special agents Kyra Schallhorn and Joann Joy wrote. "She was crying and shaking while talking about this matter. (The woman) kept stating that she had done something wrong, and she questioned whether she would be going to prison for it."
According to the DOJ report, Kratz called the woman 40 to 50 times after the incident and came to her apartment a couple of times "but she pretended she was not home."
"`He's a pig,'" the agents quoted the alleged victim as saying. "`What he did was wrong.'"
In its own report summarizing the incident, the OLR concluded Kratz "had forcible sex with an emotionally vulnerable woman after previously prosecuting the woman."
The alleged victim was among 15 women, including two Calumet County social workers, a law student seeking a pardon and a handful of crime victims, who told DOJ agents they were subjected to inappropriate statements and text messages from Kratz. The investigation was related to removal proceedings launched by then-Gov. Jim Doyle, which led to Kratz's resignation.
Three women, including the woman in the 2009 incident, claimed Kratz had sexual contact with them. One of the women declined to provide any information about an alleged 1989 incident. The third woman said the contact, which allegedly occurred in 1999, was "theoretically" consensual because she agreed because Kratz said he could help her regain custody of her children. Kratz was Calumet County's district attorney for 18 years.
The crime victim who received the sexually charged messages sued Kratz in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee alleging sexual harassment. In his defense, Kratz claims immunity, saying the messages were sent as part of his official duties.
Means said his agency declined to defend Kratz. The state also intervened in the federal case, arguing it should not be held liable for Kratz's behavior.
Disgraced former DA Kratz pleads no contest to six ethics violations
Based on the info in these articles I feel Attorney Ken Kratz needs to be stripped of right to practice law / disbarred due to the rape accusations and sexual harassment with at least 4 victims to which he pleas no contest to some of the charges. We, as citizens nationwide need to make an example of him that we will not tolerate this from legal workers including but not limited to police and attorneys. Attorney Kratz need to at the very least be STRIPPED OF HIS LAW LICENSE for life!!!
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