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Bob Barr to defend DragonCon founder in molestation case

LAWRENCEVILLE -- DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer, now back in Gwinnett to face decade-old child molestation charges, will have a familiar face representing him.

Bob Barr -- the longtime U.S. Representative and 2008 Libertarian candidate for president -- is now the defense attorney for Kramer, who founded what's become one of the nation's largest sci-fi conventions before being arrested on molestation charges in 2000.

Kramer, accused of having sexual contact with three teenage boys, was re-booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Saturday after being extradited from Connecticut, where he violated conditions of his bond. Barr was out of the country and was unavailable for comment, but an administrative assistant confirmed that he was now representing Kramer.

Barr was a U.S. Representative from District 7 -- which now includes Gwinnett cities like Duluth, Snellville, Lawrenceville and Buford -- from 1995 to 2003. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Rifle Association and received about 500,000 votes as a candidate in the 2008 presidential election.

The case he has joined is a long, winding and muddled one.

Two boys, ages 13 and 15 at the time, originally came forward to claim he molested them between 1996 and 2000. He allegedly lured the teens in while dating their mother, using science fiction memorabilia and action figures to gain their trust.

A third teenager came forward in 2003, three years after Kramer's original arrest.

The subsequent proceedings have been, in a word, complex. A trial has been continually delayed by Kramer's claims of poor health, requests for special courtroom accommodations and various motions and appeals. A Gwinnett judge let him off house arrest in 2008 on the condition that he kept prosecutors up to date with his whereabouts.

That was ended in late 2011, when authorities in Milford, Conn., reportedly found him alone in a motel room with a 14-year-old boy. Kramer filed an appeal of his extradition to Georgia -- even making a motion in Connecticut's supreme court -- and delayed it by more than a year.

Wearing a large neck brace over a heavy beard and what appeared to be an oxygen tube in his mugshot, Kramer was booked into Gwinnett County jail at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday. He is being held without bond.

District Attorney Danny Porter said he expects a first hearing to take place within the next two weeks or so.

"I'll file a motion to put the case on the trial calendar then we'll schedule it for whatever hearings are requested," he said.

Comments

MichaelMarr 1 year, 2 months ago

And if no bond violation when would he have gone to court?

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rco1847 1 year, 2 months ago

Barr has finally found a client worthy of his talents.

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Don_Coyote 1 year, 2 months ago

Looks as if he is going to the DragonCon parade this year as a bedraggled wookie.

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