Sex offender to return to Rhode Island to face new charge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A convicted sex offender is being extradited to Rhode Island to face a probation violation charge.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office says Richard Gardner waived extradition Monday in Roxbury Municipal Court in Massachusetts and was held without bail.

Gardner was released from prison Oct. 3. He was convicted of multiple child rapes in the 1980s and early 1990s in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office alleges that Gardner violated his probation by recently visiting a library in Quincy, Massachusetts. Kilmartin’s office says Gardner is prohibited from loitering near children or places frequented by children, and faces up to 30 years in prison.

His next court date hasn’t been set.

Gardner’s attorney tells the Boston Herald that Gardner feels that the world is against him.

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