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57-year-old Irving, Texas, man sentenced to 30 years for enticing a minor girl to engage in sexual acts with him

DALLAS - A 57-year-old man from Irving Texas, who pleaded guilty in June 2010 to one count of enticing a minor and one count of producing child pornography, was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in federal prison. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.

In addition, U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle ordered that Jack Zimmerman serve a lifetime of supervised release following his incarceration.

Zimmerman has been in custody since his arrest in December 2009 for sexually assaulting 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 Nov. 1, 2009 through Dec. 11, 2009, he used a cell phone to persuade, induce and entice a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity with him so he could produce 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 about three videos and 18 still images of their sexually explicit conduct.

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, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.