No charges for Wisconsin ex-prosecutor's suggestive texts

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 8:01 PM
No charges for Wisconsin ex-prosecutor's suggestive texts

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A former county prosecutor accused of sending a series of sexually suggestive text messages to a domestic assault victim will not face criminal charges, Wisconsin's Justice Department said Monday.

Former Governor Jim Doyle had sought the removal of Kenneth Kratz as Calumet County district attorney last year after three residents filed harassment claims. Kratz resigned before the process could start, but prosecutors continued to investigate.

The woman in a federal civil lawsuit filed last fall said Kratz had started "using text messages soliciting a sexual relationship" almost immediately after meeting her. Her former live-in partner had tried to strangle and suffocate her.

In one three-day period in October 2009 Kratz sent 30 text messages to the woman urging her to start a sexual relationship, "the riskier the better," her lawsuit stated.

The Justice Department looked at statutes covering sexual assault, misconduct in public office and other areas but found insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution for any criminal offense, it said in a statement.

"Our prosecutors have concluded that they cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he committed a specific violation of a criminal law," said William Cosh, a spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

(Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Jerry Norton)