Accused Va. child molester Michael Gardner denied bond


ARLINGTON Va. (WUSA9) — A judge denied bond to a Virginia man accused of molesting a young girl after his earlier child sex abuse conviction was overturned.

Michael Gardner appeared in an Arlington County courtroom Thursday morning where he was denied bond for two counts of sexually abusing a relative in 2009.

Gardner was previously convicted for molesting two girls at a sleepover in 2011, but the conviction was overturned two months ago because a character witness was not allowed to testify that Gardner was a good caretaker of children.

The latest allegations came to light when the victim sought assistance from a professional who was obligated to report the abuse.

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Gardner is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child. He still faces the charges from the 2011 alleged abuse and will be tried again.

Loudoun County Deputy Chief Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Wittman prosecuted Gardner in the first case, and will be the special prosecutor again.

During his first trial, the prosecution presented concentrated DNA evidence that pointed to Gardner. It was found on the inside crotch of one of the girl’s panties. Similar DNA evidence found on the other child’s pajama bottoms was also presented.

Gardner had been chairman of the city’s Democratic committee and his wife is a former mayor.