DEMOCRAT MEL REYNOLDS PLEADS GUILTY – Is Deported from Zimbabwe
Former Democrat Representative and child sexual predator Mel Reynolds was hoping to run for Jesse Jackson Jr’s seat in Congress.
Mel Reynolds was arrested this week for staying illegally in Zimbabwe and shooting 100 porn videos.
Mel Reynolds pleaded guilty today in Zimbabwe before being deported from the country.
Chicago Tribune reported:
A Zimbabwean court on Friday ordered the deportation of former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds after he pleaded guilty to staying in the southern African country on an expired visa.
Reynolds, 62, was arrested at a local hotel on Monday but has denied additional charges of possessing pornographic images and videos. That case was due to continue later on Friday.
Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe fined Reynolds $100 or five days in prison for the visa misdemeanor. His lawyer Arthur Gurira told the court the former Illinois congressman had suffered a mild stroke earlier this year.
The porn allegations are yet another mark on the sullied reputation of the former Rhodes scholar and one-time rising star in the Democratic Party, who was tried and jailed in the U.S. almost 20 years ago for having sex with an underage campaign worker and soliciting child pornography.
Zimbabwe state prosecutors charge that Reynolds had been caught with “nude pictures and videos of naked women and men having sexual intercourse” on his mobile phone, according to the copy of the charge sheet seen by Reuters.
Reynolds was arrested Monday at the Bronte Hotel in the capital city of Harare, a hotel manager told the Tribune.
“Gentlemen came in yesterday, they took him and related that they are police,” the manager, Mitchelin Thomas, said when reached by phone on Tuesday.
Mabika said Reynolds has been in Zimbabwe since November.
You know you have a problem when even Zimbabwe doesn’t want you.