Ex-congressman deported from Zimbabwe

Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) has been deported from Zimbabwe after paying a fine for violating the country’s immigration laws, according to The Associated Press.

The former congressman left the African country on Sunday, his attorney confirmed to the AP on Monday.


A judge ordered Reynolds to either pay a $100 fine or remain in prison for five days after violating immigration laws by staying in Zimbabwe longer than he was permitted.   

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to also possessing pornography after being accused of taking photos of naked men and women in his hotel room. Those charges were dismissed on Friday.

Reynolds resigned from Congress in 1995 after being charged with 12 counts of statutory rape, solicitation of child porn and obstruction of justice.