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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Richmond man admits to transporting a minor to engage in sexual activity

Defendant faces 10 years to life in federal prison for the sex crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Richmond man pleaded guilty today to transporting a minor from West Virginia to Virginia for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Ian Michael Cramer, 27, entered his guilty plea to transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Cramer admitted that in September 2015, he used an app on his cell phone to persuade a 15-year-old from Cross Lanes to engage in sexual activity. During the evening hours of September 18, 2015, Cramer drove from Richmond to Cross Lanes and picked up the minor. He then drove the minor back to his apartment in Richmond, where the two of them engaged in sexual activity. Law enforcement arrived at Cramer’s apartment on September 20, 2015, and rescued the minor.

Cramer faces a federal prison sentence of 10 years to life, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Cramer will also be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for January 11, 2017.

“The United States Attorney’s Office will continue working with our law enforcement partners to keep children safe from dangerous predators like this defendant,” stated United States Attorney Carol Casto. “The consequences of these crimes should send a clear message - if you endanger the children of our community, we will use all of our resources to make sure that you face serious prison time.”

The FBI, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, the Virginia State Police, and the New York State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 11, 2016