Report: Suspend ex-Wisconsin DA's license for 4 months

Published On: Jul 31 2012 08:02:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2012 08:00:22 AM CDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A special referee is recommending a less severe punishment for a former Wisconsin prosecutor accused of sexual harassment.

Retired Judge Robert Kinney issued a report Monday recommending a four-month suspension of former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz's law license.

The Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation is seeking a six-month suspension of Kratz's law license for sending text messages to a crime victim, seeking a relationship. Kratz is seeking just a formal reprimand.

WLUK reports Kinney noted other license suspensions of six months or more involved more serious conduct, and that Kratz is unlikely to reoffend.

Kratz contends he's suffered enough and deserves a chance to rebuild his career.

The report follows a hearing held last month. The Wisconsin Supreme Court will decide what punishment, if any, is appropriate.