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DCF spokesman met victim on job

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February

The former spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, now facing child pornography charges, met one of his two male teenage victims through his job, the agency's leader confirmed Monday.

The victim, who was 16 or 17 at the time of the crimes, was in the custody of the DCF when he met Al Zimmerman, who was fired upon his arrest Friday on eight charges of using a child in a sexual performance, DCF Secretary Bob Butterworth said during an afternoon news conference.

"There are indications," Butterworth said, "at least one victim he met through his job."

Butterworth declined to say anything further about the victim, who likely came into the state's supervision after an abuse or neglect complaint was lodged against a parent or guardian. Read more here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:09pm]

    

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