BOSTON (CBS) – A level three sex offender who was just released from prison is back under arrest.
Just days after his probation was transferred from Norfolk to Suffolk County, Richard Gardner was arrested at his new home – the Southampton Street Shelter in Boston.
U.S. Marshals and Boston Police arrested Gardner on charges of being a fugitive from justice in Rhode Island, after he violated his probation there by allegedly showing up at a Quincy library last weekend — a violation of a city ordinance.
The convicted child rapist and level 3 sex offender was released earlier this month after serving nearly 30 years. Initially, he was registered at his parent’s home in Weymouth where he was met by outraged neighbors.
Gardner, now 49, was in his early twenties when he was convicted of raping and kidnapping several boys in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the late 80s.
He was sentenced to 190 years. Years later, he appealed, and his sentence drastically shortened.