CLAREMONT — Emerson W. Cramer, 35, is facing up to 20 years in state prison after he was found guilty of sexually molesting a 3-year-old girl.
Cramer was found guilty by a jury during his trial in the Sullivan Superior Court in Newport. He was first investigated in January 2018, after the child’s mother suspected abuse, according to court records.
Cramer went to trial on one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault while maintaining 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.
According to the interview transcript filed in court, Lee told Cramer that his feelings of guilt and suicidal ideation were signs he needed to confess.
“It is the only way you are eventually going to get past this and move on,” Lee said, according to the interview transcript. “‘Cause otherwise, the way you are feeling right now is going to stick with you the rest of your life.”
Cramer reportedly assaulted the girl while he was babysitting, according to court records. When the child’s mother came home, the child told her Cramer had touched her genitals, according to court records.
The mother took the child into a local hospital for an examination, and police were soon contacted, according to court records.
Cramer’s bail was revoked following the guilty verdict, and he is being held in jail. He has yet to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing.