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Lawmaker Kramer charged with felony sexual assault

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- State representative Bill Kramer has been charged with two felony counts of sexual assault, in connection with actions after a political event in 2011.

The two, second degree sexual assault charges were brought by Waukesha County's deputy district attorney. District Attorney Brad Schimel had removed himself from reviewing Kramer's case. In November, Kramer's political committee had made a contribution to Schimel's campaign for attorney general.

A criminal complaint states the crimes took place in 2011 in Muskego.

According to the complaint, a republican legislative aide and Kramer were among the people who attended the Muskego event.

The complaint states the woman had agreed to give Kramer a ride. The complaint states Kramer forcibly kissed the woman, touched her breasts under her clothing, and touched another private area.

The criminal complaint says the woman only contacted authorities about the incident, after Kramer was accused of sexually harassing two women in connection with a Washington, D.C. fundraiser last month. According to the complaint, the woman told authorities she did not come forward earlier because she did not want to embarrass her family or the republican party.

The complaint states Kramer was interviewed by a detective, and denied touching the woman's breasts.

"I don't remember doing that and I am saying it did not happen," the complaint states Kramer told the detective.

 The court document also says Kramer had a romantic encounter with the woman in 2008, a claim the woman denies.

The complaint says the woman told authorities Kramer was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

"I am sure she said something about it not going further, that is why I went home," the complaint says Kramer told the detective. "I am sure that happened but I don't remember it. I have been turned down a lot."

Kramer's republican colleagues stripped him of a leadership position earlier this month, and Kramer decided not to seek reelection, after the sexual harassment allegations.

Lawmakers enjoy immunity from some prosecution, but the constitution identifies felony acts as exceptions to that immunity.

Kramer is scheduled to appear in Waukesha County court on the felony charges April 14.

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