A former state child advocate who pleaded guilty to lewdness involving a child last year has been charged with sexually abusing a 7-year-old boy appointed to his care.
Albert J. Cramer, 37, was charged in 3rd District Court Tuesday with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony. A $25,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.Each count is punishable by a maximum $10,000 fine and a 5-years-to-live prison sentence. The charges were enhanced to "aggravated" first-degree felonies because Cramer "was a person who occupied a position of special trust to the victim," the charges state.
From October 1996 to February 1997, Cramer "was the court appointed special advocate assigned to work with" the boy, the charges state. "During that time, (Cramer) spent considerable time working with (the boy)."
The boy, now 8 years old, told police that between 1996 and 1997 Cramer fondled his genitals and buttocks under his clothing on several occasions, the charges state. "He stated that the abuse occurred in (Cramer's) car and when they would go swimming" at the Murray High School swimming pool.
In December, a 3rd District judge sentenced Cramer to 36 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed a second-degree felony charge of sexual abuse of a child. However, the plea bargain apparently did not immunize Cramer against future charges.
Cramer was charged with the offenses after two boys, ages 7 and 10, told their mother that he had touched them inappropriately while they were at the Murray High School swimming pool.
Although none of the conduct occurred during Scout-sponsored activities, Cramer was fired from his position as district supervisor of the Boy Scouts' Salt Lake Area Council after Scouting officials learned of the allegations.
He was also terminated as a volunteer for the Guardian Ad Litem Office and resigned his chairmanship of a state advisory committee that dealt with child abuse and neglect issues.