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Rep. Bill Kramer will plead not guilty to sexual assault, per lawyer

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - State Assembly Republican Bill Kramer of Waukesha is free on a signature bond.

That's after he made his first court appearance this morning for allegedly groping a woman's breasts in 2011.

His attorney reiterated to reporters that the 49-year-old Kramer would plead not guilty to his two felony charges of second-degree sexual assault.

Before that can happen, though, a Waukesha County judge must agree that there's enough evidence to order a trial. That ruling is expected during a preliminary hearing set for May 15th.

Kramer was charged last month, a few weeks after reports that he groped a woman and sexually harassed another during a recent GOP fundraising trip to Washington. After that came out, an ex-congressional staffer came forward to say that Kramer groped her and asked for sex at a Republican event in Muskego three years ago.

Kramer told police he kissed the woman good night but denied groping her.

Assembly Republicans have removed Kramer as the house majority leader. He says he won't run for re-election this fall after eight years in the Assembly -- but Kramer says he won't step down now, as lawmakers of both parties have called for.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)