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Ronald Cramer III found guilty of sexual assault

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A New Wilmington man was found guilty of sexual assault Friday after a three-day trial at the Centre County Courthouse.

Ronald Cramer III, 28, was arrested and charged in April 2015 after allegations of a sexual assault, which allegedly occurred at a downtown State College apartment in February 2015, according to news release from the District Attorney’s Office. At the time, Cramer was a youth hockey coach who had coached a game earlier in the day at the Pegula Ice Arena.

Cramer met a woman not known to him that evening at a downtown bar shortly before closing time, the release said. He invited her to use the bathroom at the nearby apartment where he was spending the night with friends and fellow coaches.

While the woman was in the bathroom, the release said, Cramer entered uninvited and ignored her demands that he leave. He then sexually assaulted her in “various ways.”

A jury returned a verdict after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the release said, finding Cramer guilty of a felony count of sexual assault and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault. He was found not guilty of rape by force and indecent deviate sexual intercourse.

Cramer is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 21 and faces a minimum sentence of three-to-six years, the release said.

“No victim should be expected to risk their safety to prevent or interrupt their abuse any more than we would expect a victim of a carjacking or purse snatching to risk their safety to fight their attacker,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release. “The fault for crimes lies squarely on the person perpetrating the crime.”

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