Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Kathryn Schrader was indicted for allowing a convicted child molester access to her office computer. Judge Schrader hired private investigator T.J. Ward who then hired the child molester and DragonCon founder, Ed Kramer, to examine her computer. Judge Schrader, Ward, and the child molester were all charged with three counts of computer trespass. She thought the Gwinnett D.A. was spying on her and hired these people to examine her computer. The molester copied some of her files. The files were found on the molester’s computer. Judge Schrader was released on $25,000 signature bond. Computer trespass is felony punishable with up to 15 years in prison.
An indictment is not a conviction.It is an accusation. Being indicted means that a group of citizens in the county, known as grand jurors, were secretly presented with facts alleging a serious crime by the district attorney, usually through a criminal investigator’s testimony. The citizens then secretly vote on whether probable cause exists to believe that testimony is true and that therefore the accused person should go to trial for the alleged crime. If the grand jurors decide that a crime probably occurred, then they return a “true bill” of indictment. This is what happens in most cases and what happened in this case. If the grand jurors do not believe that a crime occurred, they return a “no bill.” If a district attorney wants a case indicted, he or she usually can convince the grand jurors to return a true bill. A judge stated in an often cited federal case that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich if so desired.