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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Teen Journalists Expose Fake Aristocrat

Some high school reporters at Stillwater Area High School in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, have exposed a "royal" visitor to their school as a complete fake and a convicted sex offender. "Caspian James Crichton-Stuart IV, the Fifth Duke of Cleveland", claimed to be in line to the British throne, and to be 17. Smelling a rat, the budding journalists checked with the British Consulate and with various websites, and discovered that he is Joshua Adam Gardner, 22, who was convicted of having sex with a fourteen year old in 2003. They reported what they found to school administrators, who passed on the information to police. The cops picked Gardner up. He now awaits a hearing on parole violations. Read more here.

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