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Gainesville man arrested on child pornography charges

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jordan Alexander Zimmer, 30, was arrested yesterday and charged with 11 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography.

Gainesville Police Department (GPD) received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a Kik user had uploaded nine videos of child exploitation material and shared them with another user in a private chat.

GPD tracked the IP address to Zimmer’s residence in Gainesville and served a search warrant on August 25; a forensic analysis of a cell phone seized during the search reportedly found 37 unique child sexual abuse images. Other devices taken during the search are still being analyzed.

Zimmer initially admitted he once had a Kik account but a “long time ago.” He denied using the suspect Kik account in question and claimed to have never heard of the associated email address.

When presented with photographs of himself that were shared on the Kik account, Zimmer confirmed they were pictures of him but advised that anyone could have possessed those photographs. According to GPD, he eventually admitted he was the owner of the Kik account and the email address.

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Yesterday Zimmer was contacted at his place of employment, where he was arrested for 11 counts of possession of child pornography and 1 count of distribution of child exploitation material. He is being held on $120,000 bail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • I find it baffling that with all the forensics television shows out there, detailing only the most rudimentary of computer forensic techniques available to detectives, someone could still be dumb enough to answer that anyone could have put his picture there, especially after admitting that he used to own the account and the email address associated with it, as if someone just “hacked” something like a Facebook account by copying a picture and creating a fake profile. SMH.

    • Mike, “you find it baffling”?… you wouldn’t do that because you’re smarter after watching your crime TV shows….”you have the right to remain silent”…ever been accused of being too verbose?

      • I’ve studied the science professionally, sir. Your sarcasm is unbecoming of anyone with a lick of sense.

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