John Albert Gardner III: a Convicted Sex Offender
John Albert Gardner III: A History of Violence:
John Albert Gardner III was arrested in the disappearance of teenager Chelsea King on Monday, but he is already a convicted sex offender due to acts with a girl of only 13.
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John Albert Gardner III is 30-years-old and lives in Riverside County and it was 10 years ago that he molested the young girl in his mother's townhouse. He served five years of a six year sentence for that crime.
According to the California Registered Sex Offenders website, John Albert Gardner III, who is 6′ 2″ tall and weighs 230 pounds, was previously convicted of “lewd and lascivious acts with child under 14 years.”
Gardner Committed a Crime in March 2000
It was in March 2000 when Gardner saw two girls waiting for a bus and offerent them a ride to school. While he dropped one of them off, he took the other one back to the townhouse where they started to watch a movie, but then Gardner assaulted her. He then hit her over the head and started taking off her clothes before she was able to run out and made her way to a neighbour's house.
Gardner was convicted on May 31, 2000 for two counts of lewd acts on a child and one count of false imprisonment.
Gardner May be Linked to An Attack last December
There is also evidence that Gardner may be linked to an attack on a jogger last December in that same area where Chelsea King disappeared.
Chelsea's father, Brent King, pleaded for anyone with information about Gardner to come forward.
"Anybody who knows anything about the person they have in custody — whatever you want to call him, I can't even put a word to it — please let us know," he said.