Stacey Abrams' brother-in-law arrested on human trafficking charges

November 20, 2023

The brother-in-law of failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was arrested Friday morning on charges of  human trafficking, lascivious touching of a minor and battery.

"Jimmie Gardner, a youth motivational speaker and brother-in-law of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, is facing serious charges of human trafficking and is currently in jail in Hillsborough County with no bond. Gardner is scheduled to face a judge in first [court appearance] in Tampa tomorrow," the state attorney's office said in a press release.

Early Friday morning, there was apparently an altercation between Gardner and a 16-year-old girl who he solicited for sex at a hotel in Tampa, Florida.

She showed up but changed her mind about having sex with Gardner. They argued and he assaulted her.

Gardner had been previously convicted of sexually assaulting two other women in 1987 and spent 27 years in jail before eventually being exonerated.

He is married to Abrams' sister, Leslie Abrams Gardner, a federal judge appointed by Barack Obama in 2014.

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