Published: Sep 16, 2010 5:13 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 2:13 PM EDT

CHILTON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin prosecutor who sent sending sexually suggestive text messages to a domestic abuse victim tried to keep the matter from the public, his peers and state regulators.

E-mail messages obtained by The Associated Press show Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz even unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a settlement with state officials to avoid "public disclosure" of the case.

The e-mails show Kratz at first resisted resigning as chairman of the Wisconsin Crime Victims' Rights Board or reporting his conduct to the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

He resigned from the board only after Wisconsin Department of Justice officials threatened to share the text messages he sent to the 26-year-old woman with the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association.

The e-mails were obtained by The Associated Press through the state open records law.