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Report: U.S. Senator Johnson knew of allegations against Kramer

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A newspaper reports U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) was aware of a woman's accusations of sexual assault against state lawmaker Bill Kramer three years ago, but did not notify authorities.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the woman worked for Johnson at the time. The newspaper reports a spokesperson for the senator declined comment, citing an on-going criminal case against Kramer in connection with the woman's accusations.

Police reports show Kramer's accused of groping the woman after a political event in Waukesha in April 2011, but the woman only came forward after two other women accused Kramer of sexual harassment earlier this year.

Republican assembly speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and other republican legislative leaders Thursday called on Kramer to resign, but backed away from their earlier, stated interest in exploring his expulsion. A statement from Vos and other lawmakers said they found the woman's accusations credible.

"I would question how they made a determination that the allegations are credible," Kramer's attorney, James Gatzke tells 27 News.

"I think until some court makes that determination, it's jumping the gun," says Gatzke.

Gatzke tells 27 News Kramer has no intention of resigning, and intends on attending to the needs of his constituents through the end of his term in January. Kramer has announced he will not seek reelection. Kramer's republican assembly colleagues stripped him of a leadership position and all his committee assignments.

Police reports show Kramer denied forcibly touching the woman's breasts, as she has alleged. Reports state Kramer told a detective the woman's breasts had been surgically enhanced, and he preferred "real ones."

Sen. Johnson's office released a statement about the issue Friday night. It reads:

“Senator Johnson's primary concern has always been, and will continue to be, what is in the best interest of his former staff member.  At the time she spoke with Senator Johnson and his chief of staff, Tony Blando, she had already retained legal counsel, who was advising her on the matter.  Senator Johnson and Mr. Blando conveyed their commitment to be 100% supportive of any actions she chose to pursue on the advice of her legal counsel - up to and including the filing of criminal charges.  She requested that Senator Johnson and Mr. Blando keep the matter confidential and take no further action.  Senator Johnson and Mr. Blando fully honored her request."

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