Kramer Hacking Charges

Ed Kramer, co-founder of Dragon Con and convicted child molest­er, is in legal trouble again, this time in a compli­cated computer hacking case that involves various figures in the Georgia legal system. Superior Court judge Kathryn Schrader has been indicted, along with Kramer, a private investigator named TJ Ward, and a former sheriff’s deputy named Frank Karic. Schrader alleges that Gwinnett County district at­torney Danny Porter hacked her computer (which Porter denies), and says she hired Ward to investi­gate. Ward then employed Kramer, a former com­puter forensic analyst, to monitor activity on the judge’s computer via spyware.

The computer was issued by the county, and the charge says the defendants “knowingly use[d] a computer network without authority and with the intent to interfere with the use of the Gwinnett County Justice Center network… with the intent to alter the computer network.” The charges each car­ry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Kram­er was refused bond and is in jail, while Schrader turned herself in and was released without bond. The other two parties had bail set at $25,000 each. Schrader has been recused from hearing all crimi­nal cases while the matter is pending, and Porter is not running the prosecution against her because he’s a witness in the case.

The spyware was discovered when investigators searched Kramer’s computer after he allegedly took a photo of a child during a doctor visit – an illegal act, since he is registered as a sex offender, and a violation of his probation for his 2013 conviction for child molestation.

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