3rd Woman: DA Sexted Me, Too

Kenneth Kratz accused of sexual harassment via text
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2010 11:26 AM CDT
3rd Woman: DA Sexted Me, Too
This photo provided by the Oklahoma City University School of Law shows Maria Ruskiewicz at the law school Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, in Oklahoma City.   (AP Photo/Oklahoma City University School of Law, Nathan Gunter)

Kenneth Kratz was already in trouble for allegedly "sexting" one of his clients: Now that two more women have come forward, the prominent Wisconsin DA is in even hotter water. Maria Ruskiewicz claims she met Kratz in 2008 to see about getting a drug-conviction pardon, and he quickly started sending her text messages implying he wanted a sexual relationship in return. Another woman also came forward last week claiming Kratz invited her to an autopsy—“provided I act as his girlfriend and would wear high heels and a skirt.”

Ruskiewicz, who was pardoned last month, came forward after hearing about victim Stephanie Van Groll. “He abuses his power, not only with women, but with women in certain situations who are extremely vulnerable to his authority," she tells the AP. Though Kratz has rejected calls to resign, he went on medical leave Monday and says he will stay on it indefinitely. Click here to read about Van Groll’s claims, or here for a list of Kratz’s text messages to her.
(Read more Kenneth Kratz stories.)

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