The unpleasant story of DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer was one of the first nerd news items I ever covered for this website. All the way back in January I reported on a boycott of the popular convention: Kramer had been accused of multiple counts of child molestation, and yet he reportedly continued to draw an income from them. In July, it was announced that DragonCon had absolutely and irrevocably severed ties with Kramer.
And now, we have received word that Kramer has plead guilty to three of the six counts of molestation against him. He will serve 34 months in house arrest, pay restitution of $100,000 to each of his victims, and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender–he will be forbidden from having any contact with individuals under 16.
Kramer has been using his various health problems to avoid court ever since his first arrest for molestation back in 2000. According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, he decided finally to agree to a plea bargain rather than face a yet to be selected 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. 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. 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.
No doubt this comes as welcome news for those who have been calling for justice in the Kramer case. It may seem a relatively mild sentence, but hopefully it, and the restrictions he will be under as a registered sex offender, will be enough to prevent him from causing any further harm.
Source: The Mary Sue