Former Democratic Congressman Arrested in Zimbabwe

Melvin Reynolds

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Former Rep. Melvin Reynolds (D., Ill.) was arrested in Zimbabwe, the Associated Press reports.

A Zimbabwean immigration official told the Associated Press that Reynolds is being investigated.

The state-controlled newspaper, The Herald, reported that Reynolds was arrested Monday for allegedly possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

Reynolds, an Illinois Democrat, resigned from his congressional seat in 1995 after he was convicted of 12 counts of statutory rape, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography.

The Herald said Reynolds was arrested by police detectives and immigration officials at a Harare hotel. […]

The newspaper reported that Reynolds had accumulated hotel bills worth $24,500 which he has not yet paid.