Kenneth Kratz, a former Wisconsin district attorney, has pleaded guilty in a legal ethics case for his alleged sexual harassment of multiple women. The allegations included text messages to a domestic abuse victim. In text messages, he told a woman that she might be “hot” but, due to his large house and salary, “I am the prize.” If so, the Office of Lawyer Regulation won the prize with pleas on three counts.
Kratz wrote women suggestive text messages like “Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA … the riskier the better?” Another received this lovely missive: “I’m the attorney. I have the $350,000 house. I have the six-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph, but I am the prize.”
It is certainly true that I have been out of the market for about two decades but I don’t remember bringing real estate estimates to bare as a pick up line. Of course, I would never think that inviting a woman to the morgue to check out a dead girl was a turn on — a prosecutorial version of “would you like to come up stairs to look at my etchings.” Kratz was accused of learning pick up lines from the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
At a hearing on Tuesday, the OLR is expected to seek a six-month suspension of the ex-Calumet County DA’s law license, and Kratz is expected to ask for lesser punishment.
No criminal charges were brought even though he was accused of forcing a woman he prosecuted to have sex with him.
Other charges will be dropped as a result of the plea and Kratz issued a statement that he was “doing everything within my power to put this ordeal behind me.” He may be premature. The bar prosecutors are seeking a six-month suspension.
Kratz resigned from his $105,000 district attorney post in October 2010 after the disclosure of 30 text messages to a 25-year-old woman in 2009. They were to a domestic abuse victim that Kratz called a “hot nymph.” She filed a police complaint but saw no charges.