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Former DCF spokesman to change plea to child porn charges

TAMPA — Former Florida Department of Children and Families spokesman Al Zimmerman is expected to change his plea today in his child pornography case, according to federal court records.

Zimmerman, 41, pleaded not guilty in October after prosecutors added new charges to his case when they identified additional alleged victims. He has been in custody since his arrest on child pornography charges in February.

It was unclear Tuesday from court records what type of plea Zimmerman might enter. Defendants in federal cases can't plead no contest, leaving Zimmerman with only the option to plead guilty.

His attorney didn't return a call for comment Tuesday.

Authorities have accused Zimmerman of taking nude photographs of boys. They also think he was making them available to others online. At least one of the victims has been identified as a foster teen in the state's care.

Zimmerman is charged with production of child porn, possession of child porn, receipt of child porn and obstruction of justice. He was scheduled to go to trial next week.

Former DCF spokesman to change plea to child porn charges 01/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:49pm]
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