Disgraced former prosecutor admits sex addiction

Ken Kratz says addictions and humiliation almost cost him his life

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by Mike Strehlow

Appleton--2 years after resigning in disgrace, former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz is going public with some really stunning admissions.

At his disciplinary hearing today, Kratz candidly described how his addiction to sex and prescription drugs cost him his career, marriage, reputation, and almost his life.

In fact Kratz says he contemplated suicide the day before entering rehab after his sexting scandal was made public.

"16 hours before that, I had a gun in my mouth," Kratz told a panel from the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation as they considered whether to suspend his law license.

Kratz resigned in 2010 after it was learned he sent racy text messages to a domestic violence victim whose boyfriend he was prosecuting.

He says his addictions are no excuse for his behavior, and although he has suffered a great deal, he deserves to be punished.

Kratz said "I think I get it now. I think I understand the effect my behavior could have on the entire system and I should be punished for it."

A retired judge hearing the case has 30 days to make a recommendation to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.


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