Water Oaker evicted from his home jailed on fresh federal child porn charges

Terry George Zimmerman

A Water Oak man evicted from his home earlier this month has been booked without bond at the Marion County Jail on new federal child porn charges. 

Terry George Zimmerman, 72, a former resident of the 55+community in Lady Lake, was already facing more than 500 child pornography charges prior to his arrest Wednesday by federal agents at a residence in Water Oak. Zimmerman was evicted earlier this month from his residence at 202 Player Lane and was at the home of an acquaintance at the time of his arrest.

Zimmerman and Robert Hug, also living in the home, were issued a seven-day eviction notice in October by Sun Communities, operator of Water Oak. The eviction cited criminal charges against Zimmerman, as well as “unlawful, improper or offensive” use of the property, according to a document on file in Lake County Court.

Zimmerman had been free on $86,000 bond following his arrest in July on 570 child pornography charges.

Zimmerman earlier this year met an Idaho man on the website HouseBoys.com, which is a dating and chat site for homosexuals, according to an affidavit of probable cause from the Lady Lake Police Department. Within a month, Zimmerman offered the man the opportunity to come live with him in Water Oak. Zimmerman became “controlling” and made “inappropriate comments about children.”

The Idaho man went to the Lady Lake Police Department and reported that Zimmerman had shown him pornographic images of children “obviously well under the age of 18.” A search warrant was executed at Zimmerman’s home, where two laptops, 19 flash drives and 12 cell phones were seized. There were numerous photos of naked boys wearing sailor hats and others of boys tied up in bondage.

Zimmerman was convicted in 1995 in New York on charges of child pornography.

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