Former Department of Children and Families Spokesman Pleads Guilty to Kiddy Porn
Zimmerman persuaded six teenage boys from Hillsborough and Orange counties to do naughty things and take pictures. Occasionally he would direct the boys in which poses they should assume, and often offered to pay them. He also is charged with selling the images to a third party, and making them available online. At least one of the boys confirmed to have been a foster child.
Zimmerman had previously worked as a reporter for a Tampa area news station before landing his state gig, and had previously found himself on the wrong side of the law for writing bad checks and a DUI conviction in '93.