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Former Wis. DA Files For Bankruptcy

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin prosecutor accused of sending racy text messages to a domestic abuse victim has filed for bankruptcy.

Ken Kratz’s attorney, William Woodrow, filed the petition in federal court on April 5. According to court records, Kratz said he has as many as 49 creditors and at least half-a-million dollars in liabilities.

Kratz resigned from his position as Calumet County district attorney in 2010 after The Associated Press reported he tried to spark an affair with a woman while he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend for domestic abuse.

The woman has filed a federal sexual harassment suit seeking unspecified damages. The bankruptcy filing stayed all creditors’ actions against Kratz, though, freezing the case. The woman’s attorney, Michael Fox, says he plans to dispute classifying the lawsuit as a debt.

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