57-YEAR-OLD IRVING, TEXAS, MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR ENTICING MINOR GIRL TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTS WITH HIM
Defendant Took Videos and Photographs of Their Sexual Activity
FORT WORTH, Texas — Jack Zimmerman, who pleaded guilty in June 2010 to one count of enticing a minor and one count of production of child pornography, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 30 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, Judge Boyle ordered that Zimmerman, 57, of Irving, Texas, serve a lifetime of supervised release following his incarceration.
Zimmerman has been in custody since his arrest in December 2009 for sexual assault of a minor. According to the affidavit filed with the federal complaint, at the time of his arrest, child pornography images of an identified 14-year-old girl, “Jane Doe,” were found on his digital camera.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, Zimmerman admitted that from November 1, 2009, through December 11, 2009, he used a cell phone to persuade, induce and entice a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity with him for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that conduct.
Zimmerman further admitted that in November 2009, he met Jane Doe in an Internet chat room. Zimmerman posed as an 18-year-old male from Dallas. He ultimately persuaded Jane Doe to meet him in Irving, Texas, where he engaged in sexual acts with her inside his van. He continued to talk to and text Jane Doe and persuaded her to meet him on multiple occasions to engage in sexual activity inside his van. He further admitted taking approximately three videos and 18 still images of their sexually explicit conduct.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Irving Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller prosecuted.
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