SACRAMENTO — State parole agents missed numerous chances to send a convicted child molester back to prison before he raped and killed two teenagers, California’s corrections department said yesterday.
John Albert Gardner III wore a tracking device for a year before he finished parole in September 2008, but his parole agent did not review the data because he was considered a low-risk sex offender, Inspector General David Shaw said.
The data from the tracking device showed numerous violations by Gardner, the report said.
He repeatedly violated other parole conditions that also could have put him back in prison, the report said.
“Better monitoring could have sent Gardner back to prison, making it impossible for him to murder two young girls and commit the attempted sexual assault,’’ Shaw said in his report. “The department did not identify Gardner’s crime and parole violations because it did not require parole agents to review the GPS data.’’
After Gardner was released from parole, he raped and murdered 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois in San Diego County.