Kramer will do 34 months of house arrest, added to the 26 he has served. From the AJC:
“Dragon Con co-founder Edward Kramer pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of child molestation for allegations dating back to 1996, according to reports.
Three separate teens — two of them brothers — accused the 52-year-old Kramer of sexually abusing them. After more than a dozen years and numerous delays, the trial that was to begin Monday ended before it started with Kramer’s plea, AM 750 and 95.5 FM WSB News/Talk Radio is reporting.
In exchange for Kramer’s guilty pleas to three counts of child molestation, prosecutors are nullifying three counts of aggravated child molestation.”
There are plenty of folks who will look at the 13-year-long parade of circumlocutions Kramer has put his victims, Dragon Con and DeKalb County through and demand hard jail time. However, I suspect Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter took a look at the likely cost associated with jailing a man of Kramer’s documented medical frailty and decided that keeping Kramer from tying him up with more nuisance complaints wouldn’t be worth what he’d get in a trial after putting Kramer’s victims on the stand.
Two fun facts to consider, things I gleefully enjoy repeating:
First, Dragon Con is more or less rid of him. The science fiction and fantasy convention — a southern geek paradise — recapitalized earlier this year and bought him out. He can sue, of course. But plainly at this point the convention managers were willing to accept the risk.
And second, Kramer has been represented on and off over the years by Bob-freaking-Barr, current Republican candidate for Congress. As much as I respect the principle of offering everyone a sound criminal defense, I have long wondered how Barr’s defense work for folks like Kramer and “Baby Doc” Duvalier hasn’t become more of an issue over the campaign.