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Dragon*Con founder charged with child molestation, separated from convention

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Accused pedophile and Dragon*Con founder Ed Kramer pleaded guilty to three counts of child molestation on December 2 and was sentenced to 34 months under house arrest, despite the Gwinnett County DA’s office recommendation of a 20-year term. The agreement has nine conditions, including failing to pay each victim a $100K restitution, contact with anyone under the age of 16, or violating his house arrest. If Kramer violates any of these terms he can be imprisoned for up to 60 years. It's the conclusion of a legal battle that has dragged on for 13 years, financed at least in part by Kramer's stake in the convention that reportedly earned him $150K a year.

Kramer's 31% minority stake since 1987 resulted in a boycott of the annual convention, led by Nancy Collins and Don Murphy. But that changed last week:

The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc., producer of Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, have agreed to merge the company into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger. Led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert Dennis, ownership of Dragon Con includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / ACE (the old Dragon Con). The effective date of the merger is July 8, 2013. Edward Kramer, who has not had any role in managing or organizing the convention since 2000, was offered cash for his shares in the old company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter, who has been on the case since 2005, explained to Deadline:

There were lots of reasons I did this and one was to divest him of his DragonCon profits. Based on numbers I heard a third of it will go to the victims...We wanted a resolution of the case and the victims wanted a resolution of the case and they agreed to the recommendations. I believe he’ll violate his probation and we’ll have him in prison eventually. I think he’ll most likely try and figure out a way to come in contact with children, and that’s where I’ll get him.

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