CLAREMONT — City man Emerson Cramer is going to state prison for up to 10 years after he was found guilty of sexually molesting a 3-year-old girl.
Cramer, 35, was sentenced Tuesday in the Sullivan Superior Court in Newport. He was convicted last month on one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault following a jury trial.
He was first investigated in January 2018, after the child’s mother found suspected evidence of abuse, according to court records.
Cramer reportedly assaulted the girl while he was babysitting, according to the court records. When the child’s mother came home, the child told her Cramer had touched her genitals, and the mother saw the girl’s private parts were red, according court records.
The mother took the child to a hospital for an examination, and police were soon contacted, according to court records.
Cramer maintained throughout the trial that he was pressured by police into confessing to the crime. Court records show Cramer failed a polygraph test during his early interviews with police, and that Claremont Police Capt. Stephen Lee urged him to confess. Lee reportedly told Cramer that his feelings of guilt and suicidal ideation were signs he needed to confess.
Cramer’s sentence is for not more than 10 years, and not less than five years in state prison. Under the terms of the sentencing order issued Tuesday, six months of the sentence is suspended for 10 years. Cramer will be a registered sex offender upon release.