LAWRENCEVILLE —A hearing will be scheduled soon to address Ed Kramer’s recent claim of unlawful detainment.
Kramer, the co-founder of sci-fi convention Dragon*Con, filed a habeas corpus petition against Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway on July 2, alleging that he’s being held unjustly as he awaits trial on 13-year-old child molestation charges. Conway and District Attorney Danny Porter filed their answer Monday, roundly denying the allegations.
“(Conway) admits that (Kramer) is currently in custody at the Gwinnett County Pre-Trial Detention Center but denies the remainder of the allegations” contained in Kramer’s petition, the document said.
A hearing in front of Judge Karen Beyers will now be “set by the court,” Porter told the Daily Post. No date had been set as of Wednesday.
Kramer has been in the Gwinnett County jail since he was extradited from Milford, Conn., in January. In his habeas corpus complaint, he and attorney Brian Steel argued that the bond conditions implemented upon his release from house arrest in 2008 — namely, that he not have unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 — were no longer valid because of a 2009 modification.
Kramer’s arrest in Connecticut and the subsequent extradition to Gwinnett resulted from his allegedly being discovered in a hotel room with a 14-year-old boy.
Conway and Porter argued that 2009 bond modification did not wipeout the previous conditions, which reportedly weren’t enumerated on new orders.
“Respondent submits that Petitioner’s bond was lawfully revoked by the trial court on April 26, 2013 based upon his violations of previous bond orders,” their answer said. “Respondent submits that the court’s order of August 31, 2009 merely modified but did not replace prior orders of the trial court.”
The original charges against Kramer stem from allegations made in 2000 by a pair of teenage boys, who claimed the Dragon*Con cofounder molested them for four years while dating their mother. A third boy later came forward.
Porter said he expects more action soon in the criminal case against Kramer. At a recent hearing, the defense said it was seeking medical evaluations of Kramer’s fitness for trial.
“I expect there will be some hearings in early August,” Porter said, “since that is about the time that the defense attorneys said they’d have medical information.”