REPORT: Ex-gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ brother-in-law accused of trying to pay teen girl for sex, choking her

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Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ brother-in-law was arrested for allegedly trying to pay a 16-year-old girl for sex at a Florida hotel before choking the teen, according to police.

Jimmie Gardner, 57, whose wife is a federal judge, is facing human trafficking charges over the alleged violent and disturbing encounter in a room at the Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza in Tampa around 1:40 a.m. Friday, cops said.

The teen accepted Gardner’s invitation to go back to his hotel room and initially agreed to have sex with him in exchange for money, police said.

However, Gardner then became angry when the girl changed her mind and a fight broke out between the two of them.

Gardner allegedly grabbed the teen by the neck, cutting off her breathing, before finally leaving the motel room.  The girl then called 911.

The report explains that Gardner then turned himself in to a police precinct, while police responded to the hotel to speak with the victim.

According to WFLA, Gardner was previously convicted in 1987 for the sexual assault of two women in West Virginia, but he was exonerated in 2016, 27 years later. Two years after his release, he married federal judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, who is Stacey Abrams’ sister.

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