December 2, 2013
Ed Kramer Pleads Guilty; Avoids Entirely More Jail Time
Dragon*Con co-founder Ed Kramer, whose lengthy avoidance of charges related to child molestation became enough of an issue that the convention finally ended its relationship with Kramer and reformed elsewhere, has submitted a plea of guilty to three of six charges facing him
and will serve the remainder of his sentence under home arrest. The plea came as Kramer was about to have his first week in court on the charges.
It is believe that the medical conditions claimed by Kramer throughout much of the delay in prosecution may have been a factor in giving him house arrest.
Each plea was linked to an alleged victim, to whom Kramer must also pay $100,000 each in restitution. A five-year concurrent sentence for each charge was recommended by the District Attorney; Kramer has already served 26 of those months.
Kramer was arrested in 2000 after two boys, then teenagers, came forward about an inappropriate to their relationship. The third accuser joined the case in 2003.
Various breaks in the lengthy holding pattern established by Kramer in part by paying hefty legal fees with monies earned from the increasingly successful were a) his arrest in Connecticut while in the company of another underaged male, b) a push by some member of the comics and fan communities served by Dragon*Con to draw attention to the convention's relationship with Kramer, which may have help lead to that relationship being severed.
Kramer avoids a potential life sentence on two of the charges and a minimum 25 years on others if he had gone to trial and been convicted.
The former convention organizer is now a criminal sex offender.
posted 11:30 am PST
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