Trial date set for Wisconsin Rep. Bill Kramer
WAUKESHA (AP) - State Rep. Bill Kramer, former majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly, is due to stand trial in October on sexual assault charges.
During a hearing Friday, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin scheduled a status conference for Oct. 23 and a jury trial for Oct. 28.
Kramer's attorney, Eduardo Borda, told the Waukesha Freeman they'll continue to fight the allegations that Kramer shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, groped her and made inappropriate comments to her outside a GOP event at a Muskego tavern in April 2011.
Kramer, 49, R-Town of Waukesha, pleaded not guilty in May to two counts of second-degree sexual assault.
He was elected majority leader in September. Republican lawmakers stripped him of his leadership position in March after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed a lobbyist and a Wisconsin legislative staffer the previous month in Washington. In the wake of those accusations, Kramer checked himself into an unspecified treatment facility for an undisclosed condition March 1.
After the Washington allegations became public, the woman whose allegations led to the criminal charges went to authorities about the Muskego incident.
When asked Friday how he was doing, Kramer said it depends on the day.
"The one thing it does do is teach you who your friends are," Kramer said of the entire experience.
Kramer told detectives he kissed the woman good night but denied groping her. He also told investigators he had been friends with the woman and that she had made a pass at him in 2008. That alleged event could end up playing a prominent role in the case.
Kramer decided not to run for re-election but has disregarded calls from both parties for him to resign.