Top lawyer shamed by explicit texts sent to witness in domestic abuse case
Published 17/09/2010 | 05:00
A HARD-NOSED US district attorney has been left deeply embarrassed after being caught sending sexually suggestive text messages to a younger woman over three days while he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend.
The man in the dock was on trial in a domestic abuse case.
Last night, Calumet County District lawyer Kenneth Kratz issued a statement after it emerged that more than 30 texts he sent to a 26-year-old woman had been the source of a complaint to police last year.
A police report shows he repeatedly sent Stephanie Van Groll text messages in October 2009 trying to spark an affair.
"Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA . . . the riskier the better?" Mr Kratz (50) wrote in one message.
In another, he wrote: "I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you'd be THE woman! R U that good?"
Mr Kratz was prosecuting Ms Van Groll's ex-boyfriend on charges he nearly choked her to death last year.
Ms Van Groll told police in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, where she lived, that she felt pressured to have a relationship with Kratz or he would drop charges against her ex-boyfriend.