Stacey Abrams, the twice-defeated Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate, has been dealt some shocking news.
Abram’s brother-in-law, Jimmie Gardner, has been arrested on human trafficking charges in Tampa, Florida.
The 57-year-old Gardner was taken into custody by Tampa police after allegedly trying to engage a 16-year-old female in sex acts.
As the story goes, Gardner met the young girl and invited her up to his hotel room, offering her money for sex. She initially agreed, as most groomed children do, but then changed her mind.
He got angry.
"Gardner advised the victim that she needed to leave his hotel room," a statement from the Tampa police said.
He got angrier, and eventually, got physical.
"The two got involved in a verbal altercation that escalated to a physical dispute after Gardner placed his hands around the victim’s neck, impeding her breathing. After the dispute, Gardner left the hotel room, and the victim called 911," the statement from police continued.
Following the attack, he turned himself in.
How gracious of him…
This isn’t Gardner’s first rodeo.
Back in 1987, he was convicted of the sexual assault of two women that took place in West Virginia. He served 27 years for the crime and was eventually released in 2016.
Two years later, in 2018, he married Leslie Abrams Gardner, a federal judge.
If he did, in fact, do what police in Tampa say, we can be sure of one cold hard truth: this man is incapable of change.
However, a Florida state attorney, Suzy Lopez, has commented on this incident, reiterating the importance of the accused enjoying a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
"Everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence. Our attorneys will prosecute this case as we would any other offender who is alleged to have committed these crimes. We take these charges very seriously," said Lopez to a Florida news outlet.
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