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Former FSU attorney disbarred following conviction in child sex sting


By Karen Kidd | Nov 2, 2018

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TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Tallahassee attorney Dayton Michael Cramer has been disbarred following an Oct. 15 Florida Supreme Court order following his conviction earlier this year for trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Cramer was found guilty by a jury of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in  sexual activity, a felony," the state bar said in its Oct. 31 announcement of the discipline and the Supreme Court's order. "He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and 10 years of supervision upon release."

In its single-page order, the high court approved the uncontested referee's report filed before disbarring Cramer, 71, and ordered him to pay almost $1,667 in costs. Cramer's disbarment was effective immediately.

Dayton Michael Cramer, from his LinkedIn page

Florida court orders are not final until time to file a rehearing motion expires. Filing such a motion does not alter the effective date of Cramer's disbarment.

Attorneys disbarred in the state generally cannot reapply for admission for five years and then must pass an extensive process that includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam.

Cramer was admitted to the bar in Florida on Nov. 30, 1971, according to his profile at the state bar website. No prior discipline is listed on Cramer's profile.

Cramer, former chief legal counsel at West Point and former deputy general counsel at Florida State University, was indefinitely suspended in April following his conviction by a federal jury. Cramer's arrest was one of 12 that followed a sting operation, "Cupid's Arrow," in February 2017. Local, state and federal law enforcement investigators used social media to pose as children or to offer access to children for sex, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Cramer was sentenced in June, according to another DOJ release. He currently is housed in the FCI Coleman low security federal correctional facility in Sumpterville, according to an online inmate search.

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