Convicted child rapist arrested at Providence home

By News Staff


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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Convicted child rapist Richard Gardner was arrested in Providence Friday afternoon.

Cranston Police Department Chief Michael Winquist said Friday afternoon that detectives responded to Gardner’s home at around 3:15 p.m. Friday to serve an arrest warrant.

Gardner appeared in court Friday to answer to two charges of false information on a marriage license and knowingly misleading the City of Cranston.

Gardner is currently out on 20 years probation and Friday’s charges means Gardner violated his probation.

He’s expected in Kent County Court Monday and was transported to the ACI. He’s expected in Superior Court Monday as well

Bail was set at $1,000 surety and Gardner will not be allowed to leave the state. But because of his probation violation, Gardner will be held through the weekend until his next court appearance.

According to Police, the warrant from an investigation into alleged fraudulent activity by Gardner while applying for a marriage license.

Chief Winquist claims Gardner lied about his address so nobody would know where he lived, due to his notoriety.

“We’re alleging he did it intentionally. If you look at a marriage application it clearly states that providing any false information is a misdemeanor,” Winquist said. “If he crosses the line, there’s going to be no leeway for Mr. Gardner.”

Gardner was married in a private ceremony in Cranston in October.

Gardner was released from prison and went to Cranston City Hall the next day. Gardner gave his mother’s address in Weymouth.

Gardner claimed that he told personnel at city hall that he had no permanent address, and he said the clerk said the Weymouth address should be fine.

But in an interview with police, that clerk called Gardner’s excuse bogus.

Police also interviewed Gardner’s mother at the Weymouth home who had nothing good to say about her child molester son.

“She says he’s not welcome at that address and he hasn’t lived there for quite some time,” Winquist said. “She wants nothing to do with him.”

Neighbors told ABC 6 they were thrilled to hear that Gardner is out of the neighborhood at least for now.

Winquist said although the information was false, the marriage is legal and his wife doesn’t face any charges.

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