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Ex-DCF spokesman faces new charge



On Monday, Al Zimmerman, 40, a former spokesman for the Department of Children and Families, was arrested on a federal child pornography production charge at his parents' home in Lakeland, his second arrest in about a week. He's being held in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Authorities say he used an e-mail alias to communicate with at least two teenage boys. He gave one alcohol. He convinced them to let him take nude photos of them, and for them to take nude photos of themselves.

And when they agreed, he mailed them payments, sometimes hidden inside computer disc cases so parents would not be suspicious. He offered at least one of the boys $200 in exchange for oral sex. Read more here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:10pm]


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