The Waukesha District Attorney’s Office charged Rep. Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, Friday with two felony counts of sexual assault for allegedly assaulting an unnamed Senate aide three years ago.
Deputy District Attorney Debra Blasius filed the charges against Kramer with allegations that the assemblyman grabbed the breasts and groin of a legislative assistant in 2011 and forcibly kissed her multiple times, according to the criminal complaint.
Kramer was recently stripped of his position as state Assembly majority leader by fellow Republicans following reported incidents of sexual harassment including lewd remarks and groping two women while on a fundraising trip in Washington D.C. earlier this month.
Following the incidents, Kramer announced that he would not run for re-election in the state Assembly come November.
According to the complaint, Kramer ignored the aide’s repeated attempts to resist the sexual advances. The defendant said she feared Kramer was going to rape her.
According to the complaint Kramer told police during questioning, “I kissed her goodnight maybe.” He also said, “I’m sure I put my hands somewhere, I do not know where.”
Kramer’s attorney, Jim Gatzke, said in an email to the Wisconsin State Journal that Kramer expects to be cleared of all charges.
“The process will provide Mr. Kramer with an opportunity to defend himself from the allegations and he will do so in the appropriate forum,” Gatzke wrote. “Once all of the information has been brought forward, Mr. Kramer is confident that he will be exonerated.”
In Wisconsin, each count of sexual assault in Wisconsin carries fines of $100,000 and imprisonment of up to 40 years.