Moe Dubois blames legal system for daughter’s death


City News Service

The father of a 14-year-old Escondido girl raped and murdered by a registered sex offender blames the legal system for letting the man roam the streets after his parole expired.

John Gardner, 31, is to be sentenced tomorrow for the death of Amber Dubois.

Her father, Moe Dubois, says Gardner served a six-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2000, but was off parole and roaming free when he killed Amber, according to a victim-impact statement intended for Gardner’s sentencing hearing.

Once off parole, his GPS device was removed, and “once again this predator was allowed to stalk our streets,” Moe Dubois says in the statement.

“Less than five months later, John Gardner forcefully abducted, brutally beat, physically raped, and then finally heartlessly murdered and discarded our beautiful 14-year-old daughter.”

Amber’s mother, Carrie McGonigle, had a face-to-face jail visit with Gardner and left saying she had found some closure.

Moe Dubois said the failed opportunities to protect society from Gardner allowed the “monster” to stalk the streets for young girls.

“Now, with our last hope for justice, we depend on the prison community to slowly and painfully cause (Gardner’s) remaining days on this earth to be a living nightmare, and I truly hope he suffers a hundred times the amount of pain he caused our family’s,” Moe Dubois said in his statement. “He will burn in hell for the acts he committed, I just hope that day is an agonizingly long way away and that he will have to suffer as much as we all have, actually more.”

Amber Dubois went missing in February 2009. Her body wasn’t discovered until two months ago, after Gardner was arrested for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King, a senior and straight-A student at Poway High School.

King disappeared Feb. 25 during a run behind Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Three days after Gardner was arraigned for her murder, he agreed to lead authorities to Amber’s body in Pala.

Gardner gave police no other information, and he ended up pleading guilty last week to both murders to avoid the death penalty. Gardner will be sentenced to a pair of life terms in prison without parole, plus 33 years to life for attacking a college student last December.

Moe Dubois is working with lawmakers to develop measures that would help authorities respond quickly when children are snatched off the streets.

He plans to unveil a full package on May 25, which is National Missing Children’s Day.

Among the ideas he’s suggesting is a measure that would require child sex predators to carry driver’s licenses identifying them as such.