Former Chicago Congressman Mel Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe:
HARARE, Zimbabwe (CBS) – Former Congressman Mel Reynolds – who spent time in prison for statutory rape and child pornography charges – has been arrested in Zimbabwe, suspected of making pornographic videos.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports Reynolds, 62, was arrested at his hotel in the capital of Harare, and was being investigated for alleged possession of pornography and a violation of immigration laws.
Zimbabwe’s largest newspaper, the state-controlled Herald, quoted a former Reynods aide as saying Reynolds had shot pornographic videos with models and other women in his hotel room.
Another source told the paper Reynolds had filmed more than 100 videos, and shot 2,000 nude pictures of at least 10 different women on various occasions. The paper also said he owes more than $24,000 in unpaid hotel bills.
Until his convictions for statutory rape and charges relating to pornography (later corruption in office), Reynolds served Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District. He was succeeded by Jesse Jackson, Jr.