Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter recently investigated the social media activity of Ed Kramer, the co-founder of Dragon Con who is currently on house arrest in connection with child molestation charges. (Twitter screenshot)
LAWRENCEVILLE — A few words from Danny Porter said it all.
“I just don’t think we have him this time,” Gwinnett County’s district attorney said Thursday.
In July, Porter said he was looking into the social media activity of Ed Kramer, the Dragon Con co-founder currently on house arrest in connection with child molestation charges filed more than a decade ago. Specifically under scrutiny were a 14-year-old Australian girl following Kramer on Twitter and a Google+ connection with the then-14-year-old boy he was caught with in a Connecticut hotel room in 2011.
Neither, Porter said Thursday, appear to be a violation of the terms of Kramer’s house arrest, which prohibit him from having any contact “either direct or indirect with any person under the age of 16.”
Final verification was expected to come down Friday, but Porter said it appeared that the Australian girl followed Kramer of her own volition and without any contact with or approval from Kramer, who was not following her back.
The Google+ connection was not a violation either since the boy in question is now 17 years old.
“Even if Kramer did that intentionally,” Porter said, “it would not be a violation of his probation.”
Kramer has been under house arrest in Duluth since accepting a plea deal in December, some 13 years after the original charges — which accuse him of inappropriately touching and performing oral sex on three boys in their early teens — were filed.
Legal posturing and Kramer’s litany of alleged medical issues stalled any real progress in the prosecution for more than a decade.
Kramer has not had any direct affiliation with Dragon Con, a popular science fiction convention held each Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, since his arrest.