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Trending: Ex-Congressman Who Sexually Assaulted Teenager Busted in Zimbabwe on Porn Charges

Disgraced ex-congressman from Illinois arrested on porn and immigration charges in African nation. Source says he shot thousands of nude photos.

Mel Reynolds tried to get his seat in Congress back in 2012. He got 1 percent of the vote. | Credit: File photo.
Mel Reynolds tried to get his seat in Congress back in 2012. He got 1 percent of the vote. | Credit: File photo.
By Dennis Robaugh

Mel Reynolds — who went to prison in Illinois for sex with a teen-age girl — has been arrested in Zimbabwe, accused of possessing pornography after he brought models to his hotel room for photographs and videos.

He's also accused of violating immigration laws, and it is illegal in Zimbabwe to possess any materials of a sexual nature.

Reynolds, 62, was arrested Monday and is in custody, Zimbabwe immigration officials told the Associated Press. The Herald, Zimbabwe's state-run newspaper, reported that Reynolds demanded that officials return his cell phone and laptop computer to him. He complained that his arrest was shoddy treatment when he'd brought investors to the African nation and opposed U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe.

"I have been in this country 17 times where I have done a lot of work for the people, including the fight against sanctions,"Reynolds said in a quote in The Herald.

A report in the Atlanta Black Star states: 

According to his former aide identified only as Sunny, Reynolds ... was in possession of pornographic material that he shot on different occasions while in the company of a model and several girls in his hotel rooms.

“His travel documents were not up to date and he used to bring beautiful women at different times. He employed five of us, including a personal assistant and a driver. ... 

Another closely placed source said Reynolds shot more than 100 pornographic videos and 2,000 nude pictures while he was in the company of at least 10 women, including famous models.

Immigration officials told Reuters Reynolds may be living in the African country without a valid visa. Reynolds worked on a $145 million Hilton Hotel and office complex deal in Harare, expected to be built by 2016, according to a report in The Herald.

Reynolds has $24,500 in unpaid hotel bills, The Herald reported. Reynolds could face two years in an African prison or a fine if found guilty.

The onetime congressman went to federal prison in 1995 after having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker in Illinois. The ex-con tried to get back into Congress in 2004 and again in 2012's special 2nd District election.

In 1995, he was convicted of sexual assault, solicitation of child pornography, campaign fraud and fraud, including lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

When he tried to reclaim the 2nd District congressional seat after Jesse Jackson Jr. left in disgrace, Reynolds ran on a campaign theme of redemption with the slogan, "so he can finish what he started." 

He collected 1 percent of the vote in the district, which covers parts of Chicago's South Side and the southeast suburbs.
Genvieve LaChappele February 19, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Maruca you forgot that his mother didn't want him either
Willow February 19, 2014 at 09:55 PM
Party affiliation doesn't matter to me. Most in congress think they are above the law regardless of party. What I see is the poor scumbags are thrown into the deepest darkest dungeons and rightfully so. But the rich well-connected say "Who me? Look at all I've done for you!" And will probably buy his way out of this mess when he really should be thrown in with the rest of the scumbags. We'll see.
JohnnyMass February 20, 2014 at 09:00 AM
The Illinois dirtbag trio-Reynolds, Deval Patrick, and Obama!
Pete February 24, 2014 at 09:18 AM
This is news? Another democrat with young females is just another day. Clinton could give him pointers.
Carol Levy February 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM
ah as opposed to David Vitter, sitting congressman, whose name was found in Madam's book (and his behavior was felonious, as opposed to GOP spokesperson Dick Morris, another prostitute employer. Others have posted mpre. Sad fact is both sides have shown that power corrupts. (and BTW Lewinsky was of age and consented and almost every president, sad to say, has had affairs, because they know they could. Clinton was the first that was 'outed"

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