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State missed chance to jail child molester

June 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A review by the Inspector General of California's State Corrections department finds state parole agents missed a number of opportunities to send convicted child molester John Gardner back to prison.Gardner is now serving a life sentence for raping and killing 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois in San Diego County.

The report says parole agents didn't review the data from the ankle bracelet Gardner was forced to wear after his child abuse conviction. It finds there were a number of violations by Gardner, including getting within 100 yards of places where children gather.

The report says the data was overlooked because Gardner was considered a low risk offender.

It concludes that better monitoring would have sent Gardner back to prison, making it impossible for him to murder the San Diego teens.

The 32-year-old Gardner pleaded guilty to those killings and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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