Dragon*Con founder Edward Kramer, who for the past decade has delayed trial on child molestation charges in Georgia by arguing he is too ill to participate in his own defense, was arrested in Connecticut after authorities were tipped that he was staying in a motel room with a 14-year-old boy. Kramer has been charged by Milford Police with misdemeanor reckless endangerment of a child according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The boy was acting in a film being shot in Milford and Kramer allegedly represented himself as the teenager’s guardian.
Lawyers have forestalled trial for years by presenting evidence that Kramer suffers from a degenerative spinal condition and chronic pain that make it impossible for him to remain alert and assist in his own defense. Just last year Kramer’s lawyer tried to get the charges dismissed.
Kramer remained under house arrest until 2008 when a judge ruled that he could travel. Conditions of his bond required Kramer to report his whereabouts weekly to the Gwinett County district attorney’s office and that he have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 16. Presented with evidence that Kramer violated both conditions, a judge in Georgia signed an order September 14 revoking his bond.
The Gwinett County District Attorney Danny Porter told the media he will extradite him back to Georgia as quickly as possible. Porter also contrasted Kramer’s appearance in court, leaning heavily on a cane and breathing oxygen through a mask, with the description given by three witnesses in Connecticut who say they saw him hiking on trails, not using a cane or his breathing apparatus.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]