Man Charged with Shielding Rapist Elected Union President in Fla.

He may be awaiting trial for witness-tampering to protect a fellow union member of rape. But that didn’t stop Local 1408 of the Intl. Longshoremen’s Assn. from electing George Spencer as their president by a vote of 350-331 on Dec. 16.

Spencer will assume the presidency of the Jacksonville union from his brother, Charles, on Jan. 1. The next day, he will appear in court on the charge of bribing the boyfriend of a woman that union member Jerome Williams raped. In fact, the “boyfriend” was an undercover police officer and the transaction was taped by FBI agents investigating the Local. Williams was sentenced to life in prison last year for the kidnapping and rape.

The Local union is also facing a class action lawsuit in which 12 women accuse both Spencers of discrimination and harassment. [WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, Fla.]