Such a designation would require Kramer, who has not been involved with Atlanta’s popular science fiction convention for many years, to be under electronic monitoring “for the remainder of his ... natural life.”
The 56-year-old is asking a judge to review the case, arguing that one of the members of the state’s Sexual Offender Registration Review Board, which handed down the classification, should have recused himself.
The remainder of Kramer’s sentence was to be served on probation.
Kramer was also required to register as a sex offender and, in December, Georgia’s Sexual Offender Registration Review Board placed Kramer under a new classification: “sexually dangerous predator,” the ranking with the highest perceived risk for recidivism.
Law requires “SDPs” to be monitored by GPS for the rest of their lives.
But the legal team for Kramer, who was convicted of sexually assaulting three young boys between 1996 and 2000, filed a legal challenge last week in Fulton County Superior Court. The petition filed by attorney Stephen Reba argues that Kramer’s classification should be reviewed because Rich Vandever, who works in the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, is a member of the SORRB.
That’s a no-no, Reba argues, because of a separate piece of ongoing litigation in which Kramer’s team claims that District Attorney Danny Porter and Judge Karen E. Beyers conspired to force him into his 2013 plea.
The DA’s office has been recused from representing the county in that case and an outside judge has been appointed.
"The participation of Mr. Porter's office in imposing this new classification of 'sexually dangerous predator' on Mr. Kramer was entirely inappropriate and illegal," Reba wrote in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "For Mr. Kramer, who is approaching the end of his second decade of fighting for his innocence, this represents yet another instance of a prosecutor utilizing his substantial power to gain an unfair advantage."
Tracy Alvord, the executive director of the SORRB, confirmed that Vandever was one of 13 board members who voted on Kramer’s case — but said he “was not aware that the case was Mr. Kramer.”
“All cases are identified by number so board members are not provided the offender’s name or identifying information (county of conviction for example),” Alvord wrote in an email. “This is to ensure objectivity.”
Alvord added that board members review cases prior to their meeting and there was “no discussion regarding Mr. Kramer’s case prior to voting.” She said the vote on Kramer’s classification was unanimous.
Alvord declined to comment on Kramer’s case itself.
Porter, the district attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Before taking over the AJC's morning newsletter, Tyler Estep worked as a reporter covering DeKalb County, its government and its people. A Gwinnett County native and University of Georgia graduate, he has been with the AJC since 2015. He previously covered his home county and served stints on the paper's hyperlocal and breaking news teams.