Official Investigation Launched for Wisconsin DA Ken Kratz, Accused of Sexting

Three women claim Calumet County DA Ken Kratz sexually harassed them by text.

ByABC News via GMA logo
September 20, 2010, 5:07 PM

<a href="" target="external"></a>Sept. 22, 2010 &#151; -- Two formal complaints have been filed against the Wisconsin district attorney accused of sexually harassing three women over text messages on separate occasions, paving the way for an official investigation that could end in the DA's dismissal.

Calumet County residents Heather Severson and Rev. Kathleen Gloff, neither of whom appear to have any direct connection to any of the "sexting" cases, filed their complaints against Calumet County prosecutor Ken Kratz with the office of Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.

"Kenneth Kratz has abused his power and his actions constitute inefficiency, neglect of duty, official misconduct or malfeasance," Severson's complaint read. What follows is more than two dozen pages of complaints, many directly quoting from Kratz's text messages to each of the three alleged victims.

"To effectively enforce the laws of our state, Kratz must have the trust of victims in his community," Gloff's complaint said. "I and other citizens of Calumet County have no confidence in Kratz's ability to refrain from abusing his power and engaging in misconduct."

Armed with the complaint, Doyle authorized Bob Jambois of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Office General Counsel to investigate the claims.

Kratz has reportedly been notified of the charges. A public hearing for Kratz was announced, but a date was not given.

Doyle told "Good Morning America" Monday he was waiting on the formal complaint to begin the removal process.

"My reaction was the same as everyone who has worked on these issues over the years that this is just a terrible violation of trust," he said.

Alleged Victim: Likely More Victims

The complaint comes the same day that one of his alleged victims told "GMA" there are likely more women out there that have been subject to Kratz allegedly inappropriate behavior.

"A man like this has got a pattern of abusive behavior of his power," Maria Ruskiewicz, 31, told "Good Morning America" in a live interview. "There is no way we're the only three women out there."