LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia — The co-founder of a science fiction convention pleaded guilty Monday to multiple counts of child molestation in Gwinnett County court.
Dragon Con co-founder Edward Kramer, 52, was charged with molestation in 2000, but was declared unfit to stand trial because of a spinal condition.
Kramer was accused of molesting three boys between 1996 and 2000. He was put on house arrest and ordered to have no contact with children under 16.
He was given permission to travel in 2008 and authorities have said he was found in a Connecticut motel room with a 14-year-old boy in 2011.
Kramer, who sat in a wheelchair and was hooked up to an oxygen tank, was sentenced to five years in prison and will receive credit for 26 months served.
The remainder of his sentence will be spent on house arrest. Kramer will only be allowed to leave home for religious services, medical reasons, legal appointments and for groceries.
WXIA-TV reported that Kramer is barred from having contact with anyone under the age of 16 and must also pay three victims $100,000 each. Some of them were in court Monday and spoke about the impact the abuse had on their lives.
Kramer's attorney, McNeill Stokes, said his client wanted to avoid a lengthy trial because of medical complications and the plea agreement shouldn't be considered an admission of guilt.
District Attorney Danny Porter considered the plea agreement a win for Kramer's victims.
"He's still in custody, he's still a registered sex offender, he still has to pay restitution, so even if he doesn't admit it, what difference does it make in the end?" Porter told WXIA-TV.