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DragonCon Co-Founder Ed Kramer Pleads Guilty To Molestation Charges, Is Sentenced


It seems as if the Ed Kramer saga has finally come to an end. The DragonCon co-founder has pleaded guilty to three of six counts of child molestation. 

Over the weekend, we mentioned the split announced back in July, was finally official. DragonCon had cut ties with one of its co-founders, a man accused of child molestation, by buying him out and creating a new corporation for the fan event. According to Robot6, “Kramer initially rejected the offer, which led the board to sue him in August; DragonCon spokesman Greg Euston told Atlanta magazine the out-of-court settlement calls for Kramer to be paid a ‘small amount over’ what the company had offered.”

This all went down just before jury selection began for Kramer’s trial but the man who had been using health issues to avoid court since his initial arrest in 2000 decided to plead guilty instead of having to face the as yet named jury.

“Kramer entered guilty pleas to three of six counts of child molestation on the original indictment — one for each alleged victim — with the state offering not to prosecute the other three,” reports The Gwinnett Daily Post. “Under the nine-condition agreement, District Attorney Danny Porter recommended a sentence of 20 years to serve five for each count, to run concurrently. Because of 26 months previously served in the Gwinnett County jail and while incarcerated in Connecticut, Kramer will actually serve 34 months.”

Though Kramer’s sentence will not be served in jail, but in his home. The judge likely placed him under house arrest due to his health but the article wasn’t specific in that regard. Also according to the GDP, “Kramer was also ordered to pay $100,000 restitution to each of the three victims in the case, due to be paid by July 31, 2014. He will be a sex offender for life and forbidden to interact with any person under the age of 16.”

Considering Kramer had been fighting so long, the guilty plea comes as a bit of a surprise but not an unwelcome one for those convinced of his guilt during that time.

(via Robot6)

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  • Carmen Sandiego

    The sentence is not long enough and should be served in a prison. Him being forbidden by law to see minors never stopped him before. At least he is now convicted, but what a disappointing sentence.

  • N J Mix

    Agreed. Hospitals have infirmaries and have inmates who have similar maladies. They can handle whatever medical problems he claims.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder about situations like this where the DA has a guilty plea and pushes for conviction on multiple charges but for the sentences be served concurrently.

    Why have him nailed for three counts of molestation when he only has to serve the same amount as one count and why would Kramer want to have three dropped?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how they decided which three victims receive the $100,000 restitution, and which three get nothing.

    Kramer will be 55 when his cushy house arrest ends. The prosecutor should have turned down the plea deal and pushed forward with the jury trial.

  • Nick Gaston

    All things considered, this case is really more deserving of a civilized, alternate sentencing arrangement.

    …by which I mean, of course, Trial by Combat. 6-1 fight, with morning stars.

  • Anonymous

    If his health is poor enough that the court put him under house arrest, he may have plead out so he didn’t die in prison.

  • Anonymous

    It just shows you how much of a reform our justice system needs. Participate in a drug deal where no one gets hurt can give you life in prison. Molest 3 children, then you get 34 months of house arrest. Good job America, justice well served.

  • demoncat_4

    after all the things kramer did to avoid this day he should have been back in the jail cell for good. for after all odds are it will not be long before kramer violates parole and is back starting this cycle again. kramer pled guilty because one. once dragon con finaly got the key to be free of him he lost his money source to continue to avoid trial. and two he knew a jury would come back guilty . at least its some justice kramer finaly found guilty of his crimes. even if the sentence should have been a prison cell

  • jaymiechan

    Unmentioned is that he agreed to the charges in a style of being found guilty while not admitting he did the crimes, known as an Alford plea. So even with evidence, he’s denying the charges, but willing to serve the time for them.

  • danarubbernyc

    If you read the full history of the case, it will, well, just make you even angrier that they didn’t take it to trial. Ed had managed to manipulate his way out of house arrest in Georgia and was finally caught again when he was arrested in Connecticut on NEW attempted molestation charges. He has bilked the state out of hundreds of thousands of dollars of health care expenses, manipulated the Orthodox Jewish community into defending him and used their religion to avoid court dates. The kicker is that he has apparently lied about the extent of his ill health, because when he was arrested in Connecticut he was fully ambulatory.