FLORIDA: Stacey Abrams’ Brother-in-Law Arrested for Human Trafficking and Attacking a 16-Year-Old

Stacey Abrams’ brother-in-law arrested for attacking 16-year-old, human trafficking in Tampa: Officials

By FOX 13 News Staff, November 17, 2023:

TAMPA, Fla. – Jimmie Gardener, 57, was arrested on Friday morning after a 16-year-old reported that he attacked her for refusing to have sex, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Around 1:43 a.m., TPD says Gardener invited the victim to his room at Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza, and she accepted the invitation.

The victim told police she initially agreed to take money in exchange for sex acts but later told Gardner that she no longer wanted to engage, and he became angry.

According to officials, Gardner told the victim that she needed to leave his hotel room and the two got into a verbal argument that escalated to a physical dispute after Gardner put his hands around the victim’s neck, stopping her from being able to breathe.

TPD says after the dispute, Gardner left the hotel room and the victim called 911. According to officers, Gardner left the scene before they arrived, but found the victim.

Gardner was arrested on charges including human trafficking, lewd and lascivious touching of certain minors, and battery, according to police.


Mug Shot Courtesy: Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office

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