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Sexual assault charges against Kramer under review

  • Article by: SCOTT BAUER
  • Associated Press
  • March 26, 2014 - 4:40 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The Waukesha County district attorney is reviewing a criminal sexual assault referral against ousted Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer sent to his office by the Muskego Police Department on Wednesday morning.

Kramer, a Republican from Waukesha, was removed as majority leader by Assembly Republicans earlier this month amid allegations that he sexually harassed two women while in Washington, D.C. Kramer filed paperwork Monday stating that he would not seek re-election.

District Attorney Brad Schimel said Wednesday that possible charges referred earlier in the day by the police department were being reviewed. Schimel said he wasn't sure if he will actually file charges based on the police report, or if more investigation would be needed.

Schimel, a Republican who is running for state attorney general, declined to comment on the details of the allegations. But he did confirm they were from an incident other than the allegations from the Washington trip earlier this month, noting that he has no jurisdiction there.

A message left with the Muskego Police Department was not immediately returned.

Kramer's chief of staff Cameron Sholty declined to comment.

Kramer was unanimously voted out of his position as majority leader on March 4 after he was accused of sexually harassing two women while in Washington for a fundraiser. One of the women is a lobbyist and the other is a legislative staff member.

In addition to the Muskego police report being reviewed, an internal human resources complaint has been brought against Kramer and is being investigated by the Legislature's human resources manager.

Kramer, 49, was first elected in 2006 and chosen as majority leader, the second-most powerful position in the Assembly, in September. He replaced Scott Suder, who had resigned to take a position with Walker's administration.

Kramer checked himself into an unspecified treatment facility on March 1, the day after the sexual assault allegations from the Washington trip were made public.

Republicans hold a 60-39 majority in the Assembly. All 99 seats are up for election in November.

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