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Doyle appoints district attorney to replace Kratz

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A female prosecutor who was once the victim of sexual assault has been named to replace a district attorney who resigned in disgrace after trying to strike up a relationship with a domestic violence victim.

Gov. Jim Doyle announced the appointment of Jerilyn Dietz as Calumet County district attorney on Friday. She replaces Ken Kratz, who resigned in October after Doyle started the process to force him out.

Kratz acknowledged sending text messages to Stephanie Van Groll as he prosecuted her ex-boyfriend. At least four other women have said Kratz made inappropriate sexual advances toward them.

Dietz will begin her term on Dec. 19 and will be up for election in 2012.

Doyle says Dietz is a strong prosecutor who will restore the community’s faith in the office.

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