Jerry J. Zechmeister, Lake Forest Chamber Director and Ex-Planner, Popped for Child Porn

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ICE agents and Newport Beach cops took Jerry Zechmeister into custody on Thursday.

A Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce director and former city planning commissioner is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography using file-sharing networks on his personal computer.

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A statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not indicate how 61-year-old Jerry J. Zechmeister got on their radar, but investigators executed a search warrant at his Lake Forest residence in October 2013. Three computers and two external hard drives were seized, and a forensic review uncovered around 160 videos containing child pornography, according to ICE, whose investigators believe Zechmeister had been accessing and sharing the images for close to seven years.

Investigators from the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force--including special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and detectives from the Newport Beach Police Department--took Zechmeister into custody Thursday. The case was turned over to the Orange County District Attorney's office, and Zechmeister is scheduled to be arraigned July 31 at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

The Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce website indicates Zechmeister is the "director at large." His photo is next to a link for Automated Power Technologies, which "sells, installs and services a wide range of power protection, power control, power conservation and precision air conditioning products for industrial, computer and telecommunication markets."

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Veronica Warwick Day
Veronica Warwick Day

OC WEEKLY, you tell us about these scumbags way toooooo much. is there anything good you can report on? I feel like I am going to VOMIT

Kelly Hughes Davis
Kelly Hughes Davis

Probably a nice church-going family man who helped old ladies cross the street.


ICE should concentrate more on arresting and deporting illegal aliens too.

Maria A. Moffa
Maria A. Moffa

May his fellow inmates give him the treatment he deserves! Bend over, buddy!


Typical white people shit.

White guy has over 160 child videos... no comments

kid tagging on a bench...million comments: .... "deport all mexicans"... "wetbacks blah blah blah... "

fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Then go stick your head back in the sand and don't visit this website anymore!

MatthewTCoker topcommenter

It's part of the task force and I'd wager human trafficking can play a part in child porn.

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