December 7, 2016
The 31-year-old Westside man who is guilty of two felonies for sexually abusing a child relative has appealed his convictions and prison sentence, according to court records.
Jeromie Kramer is held at an eastern Iowa prison for the start of his expected 4 1/2 year prison term for sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child.
A judge sentenced him to up to 10 years in prison for rubbing his clothed genitals with the hand and foot of a then-12-year-old girl in December 2014.
Kramer has maintained his innocence and told the judge who found him guilty that “I am a very loving husband and father. ... I’m not sure how or why my actions were taken the wrong way.”
Kramer has three young children, including an infant born weeks before he was sentenced to prison.
A court-appointed attorney represented Kramer for his September trial. That attorney asked for a new trial after Kramer’s victim wrote a letter to the judge asking for leniency.
District Judge Gary McMinimee rejected the request for a new trial but gave Kramer the most-lenient sentence possible under Iowa law.
Kramer hired a West Des Moines attorney to replace his court-appointed one after the judge found him guilty.
That attorney also asked for a new trial when she discovered a potential conflict of interest with the woman appointed to be an advocate for the victim — what is called a guardian ad litem — who represented Kramer in an adoption proceeding two years ago.
But McMinimee also rejected that request for a new trial.
Appeals often contain a litany of challenges to trial judge’s decisions. Kramer’s challenges have not yet been disclosed in court documents. It’s unclear how the long the appeal will take to complete.
McMinimee wrote that he is “firmly convinced that the touching was not accidental but rather that (Kramer) caused the touching with the specific intent to arouse or satisfy his sexual desires.”
Kramer is held at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, an entry point to the state’s prison system. It’s unclear where he will be held for the duration of his sentence.
Kramer will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released for the rest of his life.
His tentative release date is June 17, 2021, according to state records.