In this April 2013 file photo, Ed Kramer departs the courtroom during a bond hearing with Judge Karen Beyers at Gwinnett County Superior Court.
Ed Kramer slept in his own bed Monday night.
The co-founder of sci-fi convention Dragon Con pleaded guilty to child molestation charges in Gwinnett County Superior Court Monday, ending by lunchtime a case that has lingered for 13 years. Thanks in large part to a long list of maladies — cervical neck pain, psoriatic arthritis, breathing problems — he was in essence sentenced to serve 34 months on house arrest, to be followed by 15 years of “intensive” probation.
Gwinnett County jail records show Kramer was released at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. It’s believed he went to a home located on Honeycomb Way, just off Old Norcross Road near Steve Reynolds Boulevard in Duluth. The residence is about half a mile from Chesney Elementary School.
Tax records show Kramer has owned the home since 1996. His bond was modified several years ago to essentially save it from being seized.
District Attorney Danny Porter said early Tuesday that he had yet to speak with the probation office, who will handle the day-to-day monitoring, but he believed the Honeycomb Way property was the only one Kramer owns in Gwinnett. As part of the conditions of his sentencing, Kramer must live in the county and, after the initial house arrest period is over, is not allowed to leave it without permission.
After entering his plea, Kramer’s release was dependent upon the real-time GPS system that will track him being set up. Defense attorney McNeill Stokes said Monday that he was trying to have his client out by the end of the day, and he succeeded.
Porter, who has been a vocal skeptic of the severity of Kramer’s alleged ailments, wasn’t surprised it was put together so quickly.
“He can move pretty quickly when he wants to,” Porter said.
As of Tuesday morning, Kramer had not yet registered as a sex offender, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dep. Shannon Volkodav said. He has 72 hours after his release to do so, putting the deadline at about 4 p.m. Thursday.