Update from Fox 11 in Green Bay:
Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz has officially resigned.
In a news release sent Monday, Kratz wrote, “I have lost the confidence of the people I represent due primarily to personal issues which have now affected my professional career.”
Kratz came under fire last month when a series of text messages he sent to a domestic abuse victim last year surfaced. In the messages, Kratz sought a personal relationship with the woman. The Office of lawyer Regulation cleared Kratz of any wrongdoing.
In the news release, Kratz wrote he is receiving treatment outside the state of Wisconsin. He wrote that he plans to continue treatment when he returns to Wisconsin, and eventually hopes to resume his legal career.
Statement from the Governor's Office:
MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today issued the following statement after Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz resigned. Two weeks ago, Governor Doyle began the process to remove Kratz from office.
“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. As a former district attorney and attorney general, I was appalled when I first learned of his behavior. I am deeply grateful to the brave women who stepped forward.
“Other serious questions remain. We will refer all information this office has received for a full investigation to determine whether any criminal laws were violated. We must also determine why apparently no referral was made to the Crime Victims Rights Board and why there was an inadequate response from the OLR.
“I have worked with many victims of crime and am continuously inspired by their courage and perseverance. Here, it was the courage of the women who came forward that finally brought Mr. Kratz to account and protected future victims from having to be subjected to this unlawful behavior.”
Governor Doyle served three terms as the Dane County District Attorney and three terms as the Wisconsin Attorney General prior to being elected Governor. As Attorney General, he led the passage of the Crime Victims Bill of Rights and the creation of the Crime Victims Rights Board. A crime victim who believes their crime victim’s rights have been violated can file an anonymous complaint with the Board, which is attached to the state Department of Justice. The Board has the power to investigate these complaints, decide whether a violation has occurred, and levy sanctions and fines as it sees fit.