, 40, made his
first court appearance today on eight counts of using a child in a sexual performance.He
was released about 3:30 p.m., records show.
Prosecutors asked that Zimmerman
, 40, be held without bail, she
said.Until Friday, Zimmerman was press secretary for the Florida Department of Children and Families.
According to an arrest report, Zimmerman
offered to pay two teen boys to take photos of themselves masturbating.One boy lives in Hillsborough County and the other lives in Orange County.
Copes declined to say how Zimmerman
contacted the teens or exactly how many images are involved.
...Zimmerman, who has worked for the DCF since March 2005, turned himself in to authorities about 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Lakeland field office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said FDLE spokeswoman Heather Smith.
...Before Zimmerman began working for DCF in 2005, he was a reporter for Bay News 9.
In applying for a job with DCF
has betrayed the trust of this department, the employees and the people we serve."
In 1998, Zimmerman
was charged with passing a bad check in Bexar County, Texas, according to a records check.That charge, too, was dismissed.
In addition, Zimmerman
was convicted in Georgia in 1993 of driving under the influence, Butterworth said.
is already bonded out.