Alleged slumber party molester free on bond

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- After two years behind bars, Michael Gardner was released as a free man today. He left the Arlington County detention Center with his family friends and wife.

Robyn Gardner is a former Falls Church City mayor and council member. Her husband's convictions for molesting two girls were reversed on June 5 by the Virginia Supreme Court.

Gardner still faces the charges from 2011 and he will be tried again. He's accused of sexually fondling two girls, ages 9 and 10, during the night at his daughter's slumber party.

Prosecutor Nicole Wittman argued Gardner be held without bond, saying there is significant DNA evidence against him.

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 girls panties.

Similar DNA evidence found on the other child's pajama bottoms also presented.


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