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Former U.S. congressman arrested in Zimbabwe

A former U.S. congressman from Chicago has been arrested in Zimbabwe and charged with possession of pornographic material, a local law enforcement spokeswoman said Tuesday.

It was the latest legal entanglement to befall the former lawmaker, Mel Reynolds, who was a rising star in Democratic politics before resigning in 1995 after he was convicted of obstruction of justice and sexual misconduct related to a relationship with a 16-year-old campaign worker.

Reynolds, who had won some prominence in Zimbabwe for helping draw investment to hotel and office projects, was detained at his hotel in Harare, the capital, on Monday. The charges against him were confirmed by Charity Charamba, the police spokeswoman. There was no report of whether Reynolds had entered a formal plea to the charges.

The arrest of Reynolds was widely reported in the Zimbabwean news media, which quoted him shortly after his arrest describing some of his recent work after leaving politics.

Reynolds, who is 62 and has three children, said in Chicago in 2012 that he had been "doing investment opportunities here in Chicago and Africa."

Former Rep. Melvin Reynolds is charged with possession of porn while in Harare on business.

Former Rep. Melvin Reynolds is charged with possession of porn while in Harare on business.

Former U.S. congressman arrested in Zimbabwe 02/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:40am]

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