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There’s a situation going on in Weymouth right now that is kind of insane:
Quincy Police said a level-3 sex offender who recently moved back in with his parents after his release from prison violated a city ordinance by using a library computer on Saturday. Richard Gardner, 49, served 28 years for the kidnapping and rape of three boys in the 1980’s. He registered as a sex offender when he was released and moved back in with his parents on Chandler Street in Weymouth. Police said he was found using a computer at the Thomas Crane Public Library on Washington Street in Quincy around 11:23 Saturday morning after a librarian reported him to police.
He was told that he would be summonsed to court for violating a city ordinance that says sex offenders are not allowed in schools, libraries, or day care centers without express written permission from the premises. He is one of seven level-3 offenders living in the town, and residents say they are on edge because the neighborhood Gardner’s moved back into is full of children.
“There’s a child there, a child here, there’s children there, and I think nobody’s safe,” resident Kathleen Fay told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones.
Kristan Wirtanen says that she saw Gardner peering over a fence and looking into her living room, on the same day she and the rest of the neighborhood learned Garder had moved in and was living on the corner.
“I think that there should have been stronger limitations on where he was going to be allowed to integrate again,” Wirtanen said. “I mean, he’s in a neighborhood full of kids.”
Weymouth Police posted a community notification about Gardner to their Facebook page last Thursday.
Police have been called to the area several times over the last few days, but so far, according to the police log, it’s just been for area checks. The only reported incident was when someone threw a rock at the Gardners’ front window.
“I would say that he would probably repeat those offenses, and I hope it doesn’t take another child to get hurt for him to be back in jail,” Wirtanen said. “I feel that he should be back in jail.”
So far, Gardner is complying with the law, and Quincy Police said he is not currently wanted.
Wait…..what did that last sentence say? He’s complying with the law? Ummmmmm, I thought he wasn’t allowed in libraries. I thought he wasn’t supposed to be going to homeless shelters. I thought he wasn’t supposed to be browsing the Internet. Christ, this guy went to jail BEFORE the Internet. If he was a danger in 1989, think of what he could do in 2016. He’s got unlimited child porn at the tip of his fingers. Am I missing something here? How is this not a violation of his parole?
Look, I really don’t wanna politicize this story, but this quote about criminal justice reform comes directly from Hillary Clinton’s website:
“To successfully reform our criminal justice system, we must work to strengthen the bonds of trust between our communities and our police, end the era of mass incarceration, and ensure a successful transition of individuals from prison to home. As president, Hillary will focus on a few key areas.”
The idea that we are sending TOO MANY people to jail for TOO LONG is certifiably insane. This is one of just thousands of examples. How the hell do you kidnap and rape three freaking kids in 1989 and get out of prison by 2016? Here’s what he did in order to get sent to prison:
“Richard Gardner was sentenced to 190 years in a Rhode Island prison after admitting to kidnapping and sexually assaulting two boys and kidnapping another in August 1988. One child was abducted at knife-point from his bedroom. Another was taken to Norwell, tied to a tree and leftunattended for hours, according to reports in The Patriot Ledger. Gardner molested the boy the next day, drove him to Nantasket Beach and bought him gifts. He then drove the boy home to Rhode Island. Gardner was arrested by police minutes after dropping the boy off.”
190 years or 27 years. Whatever comes first. Same thing basically.
Does this guy seem reformed to you? He’s sneaking out of his house, going into libraries full of kids, using computers to do God knows what, and peering over his neighbor’s fences. Newsflash Hillary – we’re not sending ENOUGH people to prison for nearly long enough. Why is there this push to get these chesters back on the street? Like, do we want kids to get molested? Is that the goal here? Because the phrase “ensure a successful transition of individuals from prison to home” comes directly off of her website. The only successful transition is if Richard Gardener goes from his prison cell to the hole.
Look, on some level I do actually have pity for child molesters. Louie CK puts it best:
“There’s no worse life for a human than being a caught child molester. And yet they still do it. From their point of view it must be amazing in order for them to risk so much. I like Mounds Bars. But if someone told me that you need to stop eating Mounds Bars or else you’re gonna go to jail then I’d stop eating them.”
It’s politically incorrect as you can possibly get, but it’s 110% true. It’s a psychological disorder, and there’s no excuse for it, and you certainly can’t cure it. So by letting this Level 3 offender out of prison, what did the State Parole Board think was gonna happen? What’s he gonna do all day? He’s been locked away from children for 27 years, and now they’re just everywhere he looks. It’s only a matter of time until he reoffends, so I guess the only question is, whose kid is getting molested? That’s what our criminal justice system just did. They sacrificed a child’s innocence in the vain hope that this man can be reformed. He can’t.
I will say this though, I feel awful for his parents and the people throwing rocks through their windows are assholes. His parents are elderly. They didn’t ask for this. They didn’t ask that their son be born a monster. Anyone taking the law into their own hands like this should be arrested. This is why we pay taxes for the police. Let them do their jobs.
But the bottom line is that the parents are asking the state to put a monitor on him so they know where he’s at at all times. If you need a monitor on you to make sure that you’re not molesting kids, then you probably shouldn’t be free. Just sayin.
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