Al Zimmerman is Social Worker Sentenced
Al Zimmerman was a Social Worker with the Florida Department of Children & Families prior to his arrest in February 2008 on charges.
In January 2009, he
pleaded guilty and on May 8, 2009 he
was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Read about it below and see his
is a 41-year-old from Lakeland, Florida.
He is a former press secretary for the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF).
That's the state agency that is tasked with protecting children from people who abuse them.
Its also a perfect place for a child predator to find vulnerable victims.
Prior to working for DCF, he had been a television reporter for Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay.
He had worked as a Social Worker with DCF for about two years ago until he was fired on the same day in February 2008 that he was arrested and charged for paying teens to pose for child material.
was charged with eight felony charges having to do with using children in sexual performances.
According to the charges against him, he
offered to pay money to two teens in exchange for photographing them in sexual acts.
The teens were 16 and 17 years old and in the care of DCF
at the time.
It was alleged that Zimmerman
took photographs throughout his
employment with DCF
Some images date back to December 2005 and it is believed that he
took photographs as late as the day of his
posted $120,000 bail and was released from jail on the afternoon the day after his
was facing up to 120 years in prison.
In January 2009, he
plead guilty producing child material.
On Friday, May 8, 2009, Zimmerman
was finally sentenced to 24 years and 4 months in prison.
told the judge that he
wanted to spare his
victims any more humiliation.
"I realize I've pretty much destroyed my life," Al Zimmerman
said before a judge sentenced him to 24 years and four months in federal prison.
"My situation is really the least of my concerns. â€¦Most of my tears have been for the people who suffered because of my mistake."
Well, cry me a river.
In addition to his
24 plus years in prison, Zimmerman
will be on probation for the rest of his
will be required to register as a sex offender and will not be allowed any contact with minors without the written permission of his
refused the possibility of a lesser sentence out of concern that arguments for a variation in the sentencing guidelines would risk the release of identifying information on his
received praise for that one act of decency.
One Response to "Al Zimmerman is Social Worker Sentenced"