Wisconsin District Attorney Kenneth Kratz resigned today, effective immediately, after several women alleged he sent sexually inappropriate text messages during his time as DA in Calumet County.
“I have lost the confidence of the people I represent due primarily to personal issues which have now affected my professional career,” Kratz said in a statement today.“I am receiving treatment for these conditions outside the state of Wisconsin, and plan to continue treatment upon my return. I hope to repair my reputation and resume my legal career,” Kratz continued.
The initial misconduct complaint came from Stephanie Van Groll, who accused Kratz of sending her explicit text messages while he was handling her domestic abuse case.
Kratz had previously refused to resign from his post, instead taking a leave of absence to seek medical treatment. Last week, Kratz’s lawyer announced he would resign before proceedings began to remove him from office.
Gov. Jim Doyle said in a statement today: “Every victim of a crime, particularly sensitive crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Ken Kratz egregiously violated that basic right and therefore cannot hold the office of district attorney.”
Kratz is still being investigated by the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, which reopened its investigation following the additional allegations.
Full coverage of Kratz here.
Here’s his full statement:
It is with deep sadness and regret that I announce my resignation as Calumet County District Attorney, effective immediately.
I have lost the confidence of the people I represent due primarily to personal issues which have now affected my professional career.
I am receiving treatment for these conditions outside the state of Wisconsin, and plan to continue treatment upon my return. I hope to repair my reputation and resume my legal career.
I offer a sincere apology to my wife, son, and entire family for the embarrassment and shame I have caused. They remain supportive of my efforts to seek professional help, and I will be a better person as a result.
I also wish to thank my staff for the many years of support and dedication they have provided. Finally, my deepest apology to the citizens of Calumet County, who entrusted me for 18 years with their support as District Attorney.