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Florida ‘sexual predator’ arrested 1 day after release from 9-year sentence for removing GPS monitor: sheriff

A “sexual predator” who allegedly removed his ankle monitor and then overdosed, was taken back into custody just one day after he was released from a more than nine-year prison sentence for lewd and lascivious battery with a victim 12-15 years old, according to the sheriff’s office.

Albert Lee Gardner, 29, was released from his nine-and-a-half-year sentence on July 7 and was arrested on July 8 after authorities found his ankle monitor in a convenience store trash can, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

A probation officer called deputies to the 7-Eleven in Brooksville, Florida, after noticing his GPS tracker had been there for an unusually long time.

Gardner had been given five and a half years of supervised release following his sentence, according to FOX 35.

Deputies then got a call about an overdose at an apartment and found Gardner had taken what his sister called an “unknown narcotic.” He was revived with Narcan.

After being cleared at a hospital, Gardner was booked without bond and charged with violating his probation and tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

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