Mel Reynolds, a former Illinois Congressman, was arrested in Zimbabwe for pornography. One could write volumes about American politicians who have been caught doing criminal activities, and many of those volumes would be about Illinois and Chicago politicians, for certain. In the latest, horrendous story involving a Chicago as well as an Illinois politician, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe, according to a Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune report.
The former Illinois politician, who has reportedly been in the country of Zimbabwe in southern Africa since November of last year, is already a convicted sex offender. Now, he has been arrested for having been found with pornography at a local hotel. At the time of his arrest, he was being investigated for living in the country without a valid visa.
The pornographic concern is that possession of pornography is illegal in the country of Zimbabwe. Besides his legal problems with the pornography, he has reportedly accumulated hotel bills amount to as much as $24,500 – which he has failed to pay.
Mel Reynolds was an Illinois congressman from 1993 to 1995. While in office, he was indicted for sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse of a 16-year-old volunteer worker who assisted with his political campaign. He was convicted of sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography charges in 1995 and ultimately resigned his political position on Oct. 1, 1995.
Reynolds served a 5-year prison term, as well as receiving an additional 6-and-a-half=year sentence for 15 counts of bank fraud and lying to SEC investigators. Unfortunately, his sentence was commuted by another Democratic politician – President Bill Clinton – in 2001.
Quite incredibly, Reynolds tried to re-enter politics in the last couple of years. In spite of trying in Illinois again, he failed.