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Kratz Reaches Plea Deal


MILWAUKEE, Wis.(WHBL) - A sexual assault victim will get some kind of settlement, after she was harassed by the D-A who prosecuted her abusive boyfriend. Former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz avoided a federal court trial set for next week, by striking a deal with Stephanie Van Groll. The terms were not immediately disclosed. Kratz sent over 30 racy text messages to try and strike up an affair with Van Groll, while he was prosecuting her boyfriend. The D-A, who was almost 50 at the time, called her a “hot nymph” and himself as “the prize.” He was never charged, after Van Groll called police. She later filed a federal lawsuit claiming that her civil rights were violated. Kratz tried but failed to get the case dropped. He said “flirtatious text messages” were not enough to violate somebody’s rights. The texts were sent in 2009, but it didn’t hit the news until the following summer. Once it did, other women came forward to say that Kratz sexually harassed them. Former Governor Jim Doyle had started proceedings to remove Kratz when he resigned. He later became a private lawyer in the Fox Valley – but he filed for bankruptcy 10 months ago, and at last word, he moved to Florida. Meanwhile, the Kratz saga is not over yet. The state Office of Lawyer Regulation recommended that he have his state law license suspended for six months. Kratz said a reprimand would be in order, saying he’s been punished enough. The case remains pending in the State Supreme Court.