Mel Reynolds searches for place to stay to get bond

CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-congressman with no home of his own has found somewhere to spend the night.

Mel Reynolds scrambled to find a place Thursday after prosecutors told a Chicago federal court restrictions on sexual offenders apply to the Democrat. The restrictions include not living close to schools.

The issue arose at the morning hearing after the 63-year-old pleaded not guilty to tax charges.

The Harvard graduate resigned from Congress in 1995 after a statutory-rape conviction.

His federal defender says Reynolds wasn’t required to register as a sex offender. But prosecutors say he should now live under sex-registry restrictions.

A judge in the morning rejected several places Reynold’s suggested he could live.

But hours later, his attorney said Reynolds found a place to stay overnight and is hopeful about arranging longer-term accommodations.