Weymouth parents concerned after child rapist is released from prison

WEYMOUTH, MA (WHDH) - Police in Weymouth said they have already received several calls after a man jailed for child rape back in the 80s was released from prison.

Richard Gardner served 27 years in prison after he was sentenced for kidnapping and raping young boys. In one case, Gardner abducted a boy at knifepoint from his bedroom. In another, he tied a boy to the tree and molested him.

Gardner was initially sentenced to 190 years in prison in Rhode Island in 1991. Upon appeal in 1993, he got a shorter sentence. In Massachusetts, he received about 15 years when he was sentenced in 1989. He has now moved back into his parents’ home on Chandler Street in Weymouth.

“I am disgusted,” said neighbor Kathleen Fay, who is the mother to a 10-year-old. “You are supposed to feel safe in your own home and no one feels safe.” Fay said she got an alarm system for her house and put up a sign warning about a guard dog.

Last week, neighbors said they saw Gardner peering over a fence.

Gardner is out on probation until 2043. If he violates probation, he will likely go back to prison.

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