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Third woman accuses Kratz

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A third woman has accused a Wisconsin prosecutor of inappropriate behavior.

The woman, originally from Appleton, told the Associated Press that Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz sent sexually charged text messages to her phone in late 2008. The woman, whom 27 News has decided not to identify, claims she first contacted Kratz to get help in seeking a pardon for a past drug conviction.

Afterward, she says, Kratz sent her sexually suggestive e-mails. Eventually, she rebuffed his advances and the text messages stopped.

The first allegations against Kratz came from a 26-year-old domestic abuse victim who received some 30 texts from Kratz. She complained to police, who turned the case over to the state Department of Justice.

In that case, Kratz admitted to sending the messages and said he was "embarrassed and ashamed."

A second woman alleges that while on a dinner date Kratz offered to take her to an autopsy, provided she dressed provocatively and acted as his girlfriend.

Meanwhile, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says his department will act as prosecutor in the upcoming hearing called by Governor Jim Doyle. Doyle said Monday he would hold the hearings to decide whether Kratz should be fired - something Doyle is constitutionally empowered to do.

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