United States Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida
Tampa Orlando Jacksonville Fort Myers Ocala
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: STEVE COLE
Friday - May 8, 2008 PHONE: (813) 274-6136
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/flm/pr FAX: (813) 274-6300
ALBERT ZIMMERMAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 24 YEARS
FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Tampa, FL - U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Albert Andre
Zimmerman (age 41), the former spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and
Families, to 24 years and four months in federal prison on a charge of production of child
pornography. Zimmerman, formerly of Tallahassee and Lakeland, had pleaded guilty on
January 21, 2008.
Zimmerman was arrested on a federal complaint on February 11, 2008, and was
indicted on April 16, 2008.
According to Zimmerman’s plea agreement, from October 2004 until December
2007, in Hillsborough and Orange Counties, Zimmerman became friendly with six minor
males, one under the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Zimmerman persuaded these minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct and then send
him pictures of the conduct via email. At times, Zimmerman instructed the minors
concerning the poses they should assume for the photos. Zimmerman told the minors that
he would pay them money for the pictures, and he did indeed pay some of the minors.
Zimmerman also told some of the minors that he was selling the pornographic photographs
to another individual, who would in turn sell them overseas.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Jacksonville
Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum's CyberCrime U