Atty. Kachinsky charged in stalking case

Leonard Kachinsky (Photo courtesy Winnebago County Jail)

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WLUK) -- Fox Crossing municipal judge Len Kachinsky was charged Wednesday with felony stalking.

He also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of violating a restraining order.

Kachinsky's court clerk has alleged he harassed her and retaliated against her. A judge recently re-issued a restraining order against him.

Police and village staff reviewed emails, a voicemail, meeting notes and other records.

"After reviewing these materials, it appeared that Kachinsky had been engaging in conduct that harassed and caused a great deal of distress to his court clerk from April 2017 until present," the complaint states.

Despite multiple admonisments from village officials that Kachinsky restrict his interactions with the clerk to professional items, the contact continued to be personal in nature, the complaint says.

An initial appearance is scheduled is for Aug. 6, court records show.

Kachinsky did not immediately respond to FOX 11's request for comment.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended him last week.

Kachinsky gained national notoriety in 2015 with the release of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." The series detailed Kachinsky's handling of the case of Brendan Dassey, who, along with his uncle Steven Avery, was convicted of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

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