The Saga of Ed Kramer, Dragon Con’s Co-Founder, is finally over, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.
Kramer pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation, dating back to 1996. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors nullified the three counts of aggravated child molestation with which he was also charged.
Because he is considered a first-time offender, he was sentenced to five years for each count to run concurrently — not consecutively — which means he will serve a total of five years.
He has already served 26 months. He will spend the remaining 34 months under house arrest, most likely due to his failing health. He must also pay each of the three victims $100,000 and register as a sex offender.
Over the weekend, Dragon Con’s severing of all ties with Kramer was made official. The organization bought out Kramer and formed an entirely new corporation back in July. Kramer initially resisted, leading Dragon Con to file a lawsuit back in August. “DragonCon spokesman Greg Euston told Atlanta magazine the out-of-court settlement calls for Kramer to be paid a ‘small amount over’ what the company had offered,” according to The Mary Sue.