Two human trafficking suspects appear in Furnas County court


Two men accused of human trafficking and other related crimes appeared in front of a judge Monday morning in Furnas County court. Carl Kramer, 49, of Oxford, is charged with three counts of felony sex trafficking of a minor. Each count comes with a maximum penalty of life in prison. A judge ordered Kramer to be held without bond, and Kramer’s attorney indicated he plans to schedule a separate bond hearing at a later date. His preliminary hearing is set for 3:30 p.m. March 16, which will be moved to Phelps County court in Holdrege. Also charged with 24 year-old Dylan Brooks. Brooks is charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, two counts of manufacturing child pornography and two counts of first-degree sexual assault. Brooks’ attorney sought a $200,000 bond, citing Brooks’s strong ties to the community and a community college degree. The state argued that Brooks failed to appear in a 2016 case, saying he was recently placed on 24 months of probation. He also said that the reported crime happened shortly after Brooks was placed on probation. The judge set Brooks’ bond at $3 million, and if he pays the 10% to be released he will be required to surrender his passport and have no contact with anyone under age 19. Brooks has a preliminary hearing set for 2 p.m. March 16, which was also moved to Phelps County.