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DE Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

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WILMINGTON, Del. - A registered child sex offender has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in Delaware. On Thursday, 64-year-old William Zimmerman, of Georgetown, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography.

The charge stems from an investigation that started in October 2012, when the Delaware Child Predator Task Force got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to the report, that tip showed that Roger Cordero, of New Castle, also a registered sex offender, had uploaded child pornography through an AOL server.

That lead Police to search Cordero's New Castle home. Police say during that search they found computers with thousands of images of child pornography on them. They also reportedly found that Cordero had been trading child pornography with David Pennington, another registered sex offender, whom Corderno met in Smyrna Correctional Institution, while they were both incarcerated. Police say that the men shared the images with each other by mailing thumb drives back and forth to one another.

In December 2012, Task Force Officers searched Pennington's Georgetown home, where they reportedly found evidence of the mailings between him and Corderno. They also say they found two images of child pornography on Pennington's cell phone, along with text messages between him and Zimmerman. During an interview with Pennington, he told Task Force Officers that he received the images from Zimmerman, whom he met during a child sex offender therapy group. Pennington also told Officers that Zimmerman had a computer with child pornography on it.

In January 2013, Task Force Officers say they searched Zimmerman's Georgetown home, and found several pieces of computer equipment that held hundreds of child pornography images.

In October 2013 Pennington was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to dealing in child pornography. In June 2013, Cordero was indicted on various child pornography charges, and is facing up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

Zimmerman is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22nd, 2014. With his previous conviction, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, plus five years to life supervised release. He will have to register as a sex offender in any U.S. jurisdiction that he lives, works, or goes to school.

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