Ed Kramer, co-founder of Dragon Con, pled guilty to three counts of child molestation this morning in Atlanta, Georgia, over 13 years after the first allegations that he sodomized three young boys were made.
As a condition of his plea, Kramer was given 5 years for each count to run concurrently which a judge reduced to 34 months of house arrest, ordered to pay a $100,000 fine to each of his victims, and is required to register as a sex offender.
HOUSE ARREST for molestation after avoiding prosecution for 13 years!
In October of 2000, two boys, then 13 and 15, alleged that he had molested them while they slept over at the science-fiction conference creator's house.
Just before prosecutors were set to go to trial in 2003, a third young man came forward with allegations of his own which dated back to 1996.
Kramer has avoided a trial for the past 13 years citing health reasons which would prohibit him from spending full days in a court room.
Doctors have stated that he could only handle up to three hours at a time in court because of his use of a respirator, and that he would require a 90 minute break in between each 3 hour court session, making going to trial nearly impossible.
A Gwinnett County district attorney stated in 2010 that he believed much of Kramer's health complaints to be fabricated to avoid going to trial.
Earlier this year, Kramer's former business partners announced that he would no longer profit from Dragon Con when former attendees threatened to boycott the conference because of the molestation charges. He was paid an undisclosed amount for his share of the conference.