Wisconsin GOP lawmaker gets five months in jail after pleading no contest to sex assault
A Wisconsin lawmaker accused of shoving a woman into a car and groping her following a Republican event has been sentenced to five months in jail for sexual assault, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
State Rep. Bill Kramer, 49, (R-Waukesha) was given five months in jail, as part of a three year probation sentence, after pleading no contest last month to reduced charges of fourth-degree sexual assault.
Although he will not have to register as a sex offender, Kramer has been ordered by Judge Neal Nettesheim to undergo a sex offender and alcohol assessment and complete any required treatment. Kramer has also been instructed to have no contact with his victim.
The former majority leader was accused of shoving the female aide into a car, forcibly kissing her and grabbing her breasts after a political event in suburban Milwaukee in April 2011.
In court, the victim addressed Kramer, saying she feared she would be raped after she rejected his advances.
Kramer apologized to her, saying, “You considered me a friend and I violated that friendship.”
The charges against Kramer came following criticsm for allegedly harassing two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist, while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.
Kramer was stripped of his title as majority leader by fellow Assembly Republicans in March.