Former bail bonds office manager pleads guilty to sex solicitation
The former office manager of a bail bonds company pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution on Thursday, according to online court records.
Michael Philip Cramer, 47, of 1320 S. Ogontz St. in Spring Garden Township, was charged in March after police said he tried to get a woman to have sex with him after paying her bail, claiming that he thought having sex with a 22-year-old would be a "thrill."
Judge Michael E. Bortner sentenced Cramer to two years of probation and ordered Cramer to have no contact with the woman, online court records state.
The background: On Feb. 22, a 22-year-old woman was released from York County Prison on bail posted by Central Booking Bail Bonds. The bondsman who met the woman was Cramer, who realized the woman didn't have money or a place to stay, documents state.
Police say Cramer suggested he become the woman's "sugar daddy" and take care of her. Over the weeks that followed, he sent several text messages to the woman saying that if she met with him to have sex, he would give her $100, police said. The woman still owed money for the bail bonds at that time.
Cramer paid the balance of what she owed and then reminded her that he paid it for her, documents state. He sent her texts saying "ass of cash" and told her she had a "sweet ass," according to police.
The woman became scared because Central Booking Bail Bonds had an app on her phone that tracked her location at all times, documents state.
Police say Cramer suggested they meet to have sex on March 21 at 550 E. King St. — the future location of the York County Food Bank, which is currently abandoned. That's when the woman told police about the situation.
Cramer went to the building expecting to meet the woman for sex; instead he was arrested by police. He was found with a towel, blanket, wet washrag in a zip-close bag, paper towels and a condom, police said. Afterward, Cramer said he thought it would be a "thrill" to have sex with a 22-year-old, adding that he told her he would give her money, police said.
Cramer was released on $50,000 bail, which was posted by Central Booking Bail Bonds.
Although the criminal complaint referred to Cramer as a bail bondsman — and on his own Facebook page Cramer said "being a bail bondsman has its rewards and consequences" — Central Booking Bail Bonds president Michael Hansen Jr. had told The York Dispatch that Cramer was never a bail bondsman. He was an officer manager, Hansen said, and he was fired as soon as the allegations came to light.
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