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A judge in Georgia today denied bond to Ed Kramer, the DragonCon co-founder who faces child molestation accusations dating back nearly 13 years.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Karen E. Beyers determined the 52-year-old Kramer, who was arrested in September 2011 on charges of violating his bond, might not adhere to the conditions of the order.
Kramer was originally arrested on charges of molesting three teenage boys between 1996 and 2000, but the trial has been repeatedly delayed since his 2003 indictment through legal maneuverings and claims of declining health, which at point point apparently required the attention of 16 physicians. He was first released on bond in November 2000, less than three months after his arrest, but he was back in jail within days when a neighbor reported seeing a teenage boy enter his home.
Following claims of a January 2001 assault by a deputy, Kramer was placed on house arrest, an order later modified to permit travel between Georgia and New Jersey or New York to receive medical treatments and visit his ailing mother. Under the conditions of the bond, he was to report his weekly location and not have any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16. However, in September 2011, he was arrested in Connecticut after he allegedly was found alone in a hotel room with a 14-year-old boy.
He was extradited back to Georgia in January 2013 to face six counts of child molestation. Kramer’s return to Gwinnett County reignited criticism of his connection to DragonCon, igniting calls for a boycott of the popular Atlanta convention. Although he resigned from the board shortly after his arrest in 2000, Kramer continues to receive annual dividends — $154,000 for 2011 alone, according to Atlanta Magazine — after attempts to buy out Kramer’s stake in the for-profit corporation proved unsuccessful. Event organizers issued a response following the outcry, stating, “there is no simple, legal, solution to this matter … if there were, it would have been resolved long ago.”
The Journal-Constitution reports that at today’s hearing, Kramer appeared in a wheelchair and used an oxygen tank, but had to be wheeled out of the courtroom because he said he wasn’t feeling well. However, two witnesses testified to seeing him on movie sets in Connecticut and Kentucky, where he appeared to have no problems standing, walking or breathing.