Mel Reynolds Back in the Pornographic Limelight — in Zimbabwe This Time

Disgraced ex-congressman from Illinois arrested on porn and immigration charges in African nation. Source says he shot thousands of nude photos.

Mel Reynolds tried to get his seat in Congress back in 2012. He got 1 percent of the vote. | Credit: File photo.
Mel Reynolds tried to get his seat in Congress back in 2012. He got 1 percent of the vote. | Credit: File photo.

Mel Reynolds — who went to prison in Illinois for sex with a teen-age girl — has been arrested in Zimbabwe, accused of possessing pornography after he brought models to his hotel room for photographs and videos.

He's also accused of violating immigration laws, and it is illegal in Zimbabwe to possess any materials of a sexual nature.

Reynolds, 62, was arrested Monday and is in custody, Zimbabwe immigration officials told the Associated Press. The Herald, Zimbabwe's state-run newspaper, reported that Reynolds demanded that officials return his cell phone and laptop computer to him. He complained that his arrest was shoddy treatment when he'd brought investors to the African nation and opposed U.S. sanctions against Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe.

"I have been in this country 17 times where I have done a lot of work for the people, including the fight against sanctions," Reynolds said in a quote in The Herald.

A report in the Atlanta Black Star states: 

According to his former aide identified only as Sunny, Reynolds ... was in possession of pornographic material that he shot on different occasions while in the company of a model and several girls in his hotel rooms.

“His travel documents were not up to date and he used to bring beautiful women at different times. He employed five of us, including a personal assistant and a driver. ... 

Another closely placed source said Reynolds shot more than 100 pornographic videos and 2,000 nude pictures while he was in the company of at least 10 women, including famous models.

Immigration officials told Reuters Reynolds may be living in the African country without a valid visa. Reynolds worked on a $145 million Hilton Hotel and office complex deal in Harare, expected to be built by 2016, according to a report in The Herald.

Reynolds has $24,500 in unpaid hotel bills, The Herald reported. Reynolds could face two years in an African prison or a fine if found guilty.

The onetime congressman went to federal prison in 1995 after having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker in Illinois. The ex-con tried to get back into Congress in 2004 and again in 2012's special 2nd District election.

In 1995, he was convicted of sexual assault, solicitation of child pornography, campaign fraud and fraud, including lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

When he tried to reclaim the 2nd District congressional seat after Jesse Jackson Jr. left in disgrace, Reynolds ran on a campaign theme of redemption with the slogan, "so he can finish what he started." 

He collected 1 percent of the vote in the district, which covers parts of Chicago's South Side and the southeast suburbs.
Horst Roschmann February 18, 2014 at 06:34 PM
It is long overdue - this guy needs to be castrated.
Herc February 18, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Not only is he a pervert he's a dead beat! Do use a favor and keep him, we don't want him back!
Mama February 18, 2014 at 07:40 PM
What an idiot!
Johnny appleseed February 18, 2014 at 07:57 PM
A true democrat through and through
Marcia February 18, 2014 at 08:44 PM
And exactly how is this "local" news??????? "Local" extends all over Illinois according to the Patch? Please, Patch, just keep it local.
They Don't Get It February 18, 2014 at 09:02 PM
This guy!
Jamie February 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Johnny appleseed - do I need to list republicans that are just as sick as Mel? Or can we at least find bi-partisan agreement that people like Mel regardless of their political status are despicable? I lived in that guy’s district and I am certain he came to our school for an assembly and he gave us a speech. What a piece of ……………
Resurrected February 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM
The scum bag will probably be executed there!
Hernendo RevolveR February 18, 2014 at 10:53 PM
He should just tell the Zimbabwe authorities that he's a "dreamer". It works here!
TSManning February 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM
Yup the scary thing about preditors like this one is that we only know the half of it. Imagine what we havent caught or especially what he hasn't been accountable for. YUCK what the heck !!?? do we have any laws that keep sexcriminals from campaigning or qualify to be elected..?? geeeezz.. wth
Bernard Johnson February 19, 2014 at 12:24 AM
You know..., Mel has been a manifestation of the Peter Principal since he graduated from Mather High School - and hardly at the top of his class, spent a couple of years at a City College in Chicago and then took a B.A. from the U of I. At what was - perhaps, the peak period of affirmative action, Mel managed to get a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford and he did manage to pull off an LL.B. He then moved on to Harvard for a masters. Mel was a terrific self-promoter. He capitalized on the redistricting of Savage's seat to get into Congress on his 3rd try and supported the stallwarts of the Democratic Party, e.g., Kennedy and Clinton. In reward for supporting Clinton on NAFTA, Clinton later pardoned Mel. Mel appears to be cut from the same cloth the likes of the not very Rev'd Jessie Jackson, Jessie Jackson, Jr., Dan Rostenkoswski, Al Sharpton and other such liars, cheats, thieves and/or opportunist self-promoting corrupt individuals. When all is said and done, Mel's just another perverse and corrupt Illinois' political hack. He just got way out ahead of either his abilities and/or capacity to control his animalistic urges. He rose quite a spell from his tiny home town in Mississipi, but, he's fallen just as far - if not further. The U of I at Champaign, Lincoln College, Oxford, Harvard, Congress and Prison - only to wangle a pardon out of Slick Willie, and to wind up - again, facing perversion charges. His ethnic race, societal cicumstances of the time of his climb and his talent for self-promotion got him to his heights, but, his lack of civility and capitulation to his primal urges have returned him to the continent of his ancestors." What goes up - on false pretenses, will surely fall; and Mel's fallen about as low as the likes of... Gary Glitter - and that's about as low as one can go.
TSManning February 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM
Yes ◆Patch editorial or what ever you are called now ★ WTH ? Ive been checking all day for some local news. ?.... yeah so where'd that go ......? just in case here is our zip code 92562,92563
Bernard Johnson February 19, 2014 at 12:55 AM
Say, TS, If you're in Murretta, CA - no wonder you're so... frustrated to begin with. Here ya go: MURRIETA: Girl sexually assaulted at private school, police say Wesley Anthony Langdon, 23, is accused of sex crimes against a 16-year-old student while he was an employee at a residential school for special-needs children. MURRIETA: Akita owner charged with felony in Lowe’s dog-bite case Robert Steven Kahn, 62, of Murrieta, has been charged with criminal negligence after his dog bit and seriously injured a 3-year-old boy, authorities said. Happy now? See, your local news is the same - pedofiles and dog bite stories.
David Greenberg February 19, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Being a nitwit liberal Dumbocrat, he was probably surprised to find out that you need a valid visa to enter and remain in another Country... After all, in America, they just keep granting amnesty to illegal aliens, so he probably thought it ought to be that way everywhere... Hope they keep him in jail over there - he's nothing but a recurring nightmare here...
Roger Gansauer February 19, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Faust February 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM
@marcia. You are flat out wrong and trolling. Not to mention, complaining just to complain. It's quite local. This guy obviously went all the way to Zimbabwe to feed his Desires for underage kids and sexual activity, so I imagine your Elmhurst nook isn't far off his radar.
Faust February 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Keeping it local. Is that white trailer with cardboard, still on York Rd?
Roger Gansauer February 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Is the Patch trying to make a connection between Zimbabwe and Kenya? The TPers keep looking for evidence.
Grumpy Old Man February 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Mel is in Zimbabwe to finish what he started. Nothing new, nothing changed, nothing different. Just a plain old pervert.
Dan February 19, 2014 at 02:09 PM
just remember who cut his prison sentence short,his white pervert friend democRAT (impeached # 42 slick wille bill clinton. democRATS are such pervs.
Dan February 19, 2014 at 02:10 PM
well it is black history month after all.
American Citizen February 19, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Zimbabwe KEEP HIM !!!! We have enough p.o.s over here
Ericus Alanas February 19, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Why is this joliet news?
Grumpy Old Man February 19, 2014 at 04:22 PM
It's not. It's trending. This is the new Patch. Enjoy.
Thomas Maynard February 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM
I hope Zimbabwe keeps him for many, many years
Edward Andrysiak February 20, 2014 at 04:58 PM
These creeps just do not give up sex and sex for them is with kids in one way or another. Society needs to get serious and understand that you can not release them! Offences against a child should carry a life sentence. That way, and only that way are kids protected from future molestation...which is sure to come.
lyndia February 20, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Bernard, when you speak of animalist behavior and the home of his ancestors, you show your racism and a lot can be said about YOUR race.
Edward Andrysiak February 21, 2014 at 07:56 PM
lyndia...I wondered how long it would take for some one to throw out the racism word. You need to re-read Bernards post a few times so you clearly get what he said. You can't grab a few words out of context and quote them and then accuse. Perhaps it is you who have the racist tendencies because that seems to be all you can see in that post. Are you defending this pervert????


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