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Mel Reynolds

Mel ReynoldsAKA Melvin Jay Reynolds, Sr.

Born: 8-Jan-1952
Birthplace: Mound Bayou, MS

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from Illinois, 1993-95

Former Congressman, convicted in 1995 for having sex with an underage campaign worker and soliciting child pornography.

In one tape, Reynolds asks Heard to describe sex with her lesbian lover, then asks if he can join Heard in bed with "Theresa," a fictitious 15-year-old Catholic-school girl, whom Heard invented apparently to tempt Reynolds. At one point he begs her to provide lewd photos of the girl. "Jesus," Reynolds says on the tapes, "a Catholic. [...] Did I win the Lotto?"

In January 2001, President Bill Clinton commuted Reynolds's remaining sentence for bank fraud. The former Congressman had already completed his sentence for the sex crimes. Contrary to popular belief, Reynolds did not receive a pardon for any crime.

Father: J. J. Reynolds
Mother: Essie Mae
Wife: Marisol (two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Corean (b. 1991)
Son: Melvin J. Reynolds, Jr. (b. 8-Jul-1993, twin)
Daughter: Marisol Elizabeth Reynolds (b. 8-Jul-1993, twin)
Mistress: Beverly Heard (16 years old, 1992-93)

    High School: John Marshall High School, Chicago, IL
    University: AA, Chicago City College (1972)
    University: BA Philosophy, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1974)
    Law School: LLB, Oxford University (1979)
    University: MA Public Administration, Oxford University (1981)
    University: Harvard University
    Administrator: University of Illinois at Chicago
    Professor: Roosevelt University

    US Congressman, Illinois 2nd (1993-95)
    IBM
    Rainbow Coalition (2001-)
    Salvation Army halfway house resident, Chicago 2001
    Rhodes Scholarship 1975
    Assault Chicago (17-Aug-1989), charges dropped
    Solicitation Chicago (17-Aug-1989), charges dropped
    Assassination Attempt Chicago (12-Mar-1992)
    Polygraphed 1994
    Obstruction of Justice convicted Aug-1995
    Statutory Rape convicted Aug-1995
    Child Pornography convicted Aug-1995
    Fraud (bank fraud) convicted 1997
    Wire Fraud convicted 1997
    Perjury convicted 1997
    Immigration Violation (arrested, Zimbabwe, 18-Feb-2014)
    Possession of Pornography (arrested, Zimbabwe, 18-Feb-2014)


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