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Supporters of convicted child rapist hold peace vigil

November 25, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Friends and family of a man who spent decades in prison for sexually assaulting children held a vigil outside his Rhode Island home calling for peace, but were quickly met by noisy counter-protesters.

WJAR-TV reports that friends of Richard Gardner gathered outside his Providence home Saturday night holding signs of support. Gardner himself held a sign that read “Are you the same person you were 30 years ago?”

He went inside when neighbors started honking car horns and tearing signs out of the hands of his supporters.

Neighbors have been holding noisy protests for weeks trying to force Gardner to move.

Gardner’s wife, Patricia, says they’re staying put and she is “1,000 percent” certain he will not re-offend.

Gardner was convicted of multiple child rapes in the 1980s in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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