- Associated Press - Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Democratic activist from Falls Church has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for molesting two girls at his daughter’s sleepover party.

Forty-eight-year-old Michael Gardner had been chairman of the city’s Democratic committee and his wife is the city’s former mayor. He was convicted in May of molesting two girls who attended a sleepover party for his daughter’s 10th birthday.

Gardner told the Arlington County court Friday before he was sentenced that he was “falsely accused and wrongly convicted.”

The 22-year sentence matches what was recommended by the jury.