Cranston Police execute search warrant and take away electronics from convicted sex offender


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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE): A search warrant was executed at the home of convicted sex offender Richard Gardner after the Cranston Police Department received information alleging child pornography was being stored at his home. 

A cell phone, digital media storage device, and documents were seized from the home on 12 Old Park Avenue, on Friday morning. The devices are currently being forensically analyzed with the help of state police. 

Gardner was released in 2018, after serving thirty years behind bars for kidnapping and brutally raping children in the 1980s. 

In November 2019, Cranston Police confirmed that Gardner moved to Cranston and registered a change of address with the police. 

The search warrant was carried out by the Cranston Police Department Special Victims Unit, assisted by members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). 

Gardner has not been arrested or charged related to this investigation. The investigation remains active.

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