What can we learn from the Chelsea King case?
John Gardner looks like a mean guy, and his past only adds to his menacing reputation. Convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl in 2000, Gardner served five years of a six-year sentence and was on GPS-monitored parole for three more years until 2008. After that point the sexual predator in him seems to have been let loose, as he now stands accused of the rape and murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King, another sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman and he is suspected of numerous other unsolved rapes and disappearances of young women. Could the sex offender monitoring process have worked any better to keep Gardener in line? Is a sex offender like Gardner even capable of being rehabilitated? We ask if there are any lessons to be learned from the tragic death of Chelsea King.
Fred S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D., Founder the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic. He is also an Attending Physicians at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Robert Cooms, Director of Public Affairs, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a support organization for rape crisis centers, and a member of the California Sex Offender Management Board.