Incident at Renaissance Hotel
Jimmie Gardner, a youth motivational speaker and the brother-in-law of twice-failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, has been arrested on charges of human trafficking. The arrest was made by Tampa Police following a report from a 16-year-old victim, who claimed to have been coerced into sexual acts and physically assaulted by Gardner at the Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza. The incident occurred in the early hours of November 17, 2023.
According to the victim, Gardner invited her to his hotel room and offered her money for sexual acts. When she refused, the situation escalated into a physical altercation, with Gardner allegedly choking her. The victim has been connected with the Tampa Police Victim Advocate and other community resources for support.
Background on Gardner
Gardner, who was wrongly convicted of sexual assault in 1987 and exonerated in 2016 after 27 years of "wrongful imprisonment," is currently married to Georgia Federal Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, Stacey Abrams' sister. He had a career as a professional baseball player and has since been working as a motivational speaker and emotional intelligence trainer for students and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Charges and Court Appearance
Gardner is facing multiple charges, including one felony count of human trafficking for commercial sexual activity involving a victim under 18, one felony count of lewd or lascivious touching of a minor aged 16 or 17 by a person 24 years of age or older, and one misdemeanor count of battery. He is scheduled to appear in court in Tampa on Friday. He is currently being held without bond at Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County.
The Tampa Police Department has confirmed that the investigation is still active and that additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
Stacey Abrams did not immediately respond to The Gateway Pundit's request for comment.
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