SUNBURY — Two brothers from Mount Carmel facing rape charges are awaiting further court proceedings.
Michael J. Kramer, 36, is scheduled for a status conference at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, before Northumberland County Judge Paige Rosini. He is represented by public defender John Broda.
His 20-year-old brother, Mark Kramer, underwent a psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Brett DiGiovanna that revealed he was incompetent to stand trial. According to the evaluation, it doesn’t appear Kramer’s competency is restorable. He is represented by public defender Laurie Pickle.
The district attorney’s office has not yet made a decision on how it will proceed with Mark Kramer’s case.
The Kramers were charged in May 2017 by Mount Carmel Patrolman Kevin Katch with felonies of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, sexual assault, incest, indecent assault of a victim under the age of 13 and corruption of minors.
Mark Kramer also faces an additional count of rape. He is accused of raping an 11-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl in his home and at another residence between Jan. 1, 2015, and Feb. 12, 2017. His brother is charged with raping the 7-year-old girl during the same time frame at the same locations.
The offenses were reported to police by the victims’ parents.
The Kramers were incarcerated for a brief time following their arrests before being released on bail.