Ed Kramer has pleaded guilty to charges of molesting three boys reports Reuters.
In a plea deal entered on the opening day of trial, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter recommended a 20-year sentence, five years in custody and the balance on parole.
The time in custody will be served under house arrest due to Kramer’s medical condition. As he will be credited for 26 months already spent in custody, his confinement will last only 34 more months. He will be permitted to leave home for religious services, medical appointments, legal appointments and for grocery shopping.
Kramer agreed to pay $100,000 restitution to each of the three victims. And the court ordered him not to have any contact with anyone under the age of 16.
The District Attorney told the press he agreed to the plea so Kramer’s victims would not have to testify.
Two of the three victims did address the court, reports Atlanta TV station WXIA:
The first said his wife had been wonderful through the process.
“I realized, it is paralyzing,” the man said. “I just want to let the court and Ed know that even now it is something I fight with.”
The second victim said he was happy that Porter continued to pursue charges against Kramer over the years.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m glad Mr. Porter never stopped trying,” he said. “It’s amazing to finally have some type of closure. I’m glad I get to move on.”
Kramer will be registered as a sex offender, and due to his lack of a criminal record prior to this point, will be considered a first offender.
Officials said Kramer would remain in custody until electronic monitoring is set up in his home.