Sexual Predator,John Zimmerman faces sentence for disgusting acts on teen girls


 Sex fiend John Zimmerman to be sentenced over 87 charges

Thanks to some brave victims and the work of police this weak excuse of a man is off the streets and hopefully about to get 15 to 20 years for his devious crimes on teenage girls…He has been in jail quite a while now, but unbelievably his facebook page is still live…I’m amazed he still has all those friends….What a pig…http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Zimmerman/100000551464163

 December 15, 2011

ONE of Australia’s worst cyber criminals will be sentenced tomorrow for raping, stalking and grooming vulnerable underage girls.

His cruelty extended to laughing at one victim he coerced into having sex with him during her school lunch break, yelling “slut” from his car after dropping her at school.

Zimmerman, who used MySpace and Facebook to contact more than a thousand teens, has pleaded to three charges of rape, 23 charges of sexual penetration and five charges of an indecent act with a child under 16, involving girls aged between 12 and 17.

Zimmerman is expected to be sentenced to between 12 and 20 years in prison, which also include offences of making child pornography, stalking, procuring and grooming teenage girls via social media. He contacted them by “random” adding them to his Facebook and MySpace pages.

In all, Zimmerman has pleaded guilty to 87 charges involving crimes against 55 underage girls, accepting a plea deal which had the federal and state charges cut from in excess of 200.

Zimmerman is now regarded as a landmark case in predatory cyber crimes.

He was charged with illicitly having sex with seven underage girls – including two of whom stated to police they had lost their virginity to him.

Up to 40 other teens discovered on Zimmerman’s computer hard drives refused to speak with investigators or were not allowed to by their parents.

Twenty others may have been procured or groomed for sex, and other girls’ images could not be identified.

Legal loopholes have also prevented Victoria Police charging the sex fiend with offences they believe he committed outside Victoria.

Zimmerman is suspected of two sexual assaults interstate, including the alleged rape of an Adelaide minor.

Sources say up to 1900 girls were contacted by Zimmerman, who sent more than 60,000 messages over a two to three-year period. 

The 26-year-old Frankston man, who raided the MySpace fan site of a popular band he managed – The Getaway Plan – to stalk girls and then their online friends is on remand and living in a prison protection unit.

The Herald Sun can also reveal police are investigating similar stalkers but a small police team dedicated to tracking cyber sex groomers is struggling to handle the workload.

A court heard last month Zimmerman was a predator who never showed the hallmarks of a future child rapist.

Honing his skills on the internet no doubt...Sick bastard....

The County Court heard Zimmerman was thrust into a rock star lifestyle with the band he managed – in which young girls were “throwing themselves” at the band and their entourage.

But it was online where Zimmerman, flush with money and a delusional celebrity status, exploded.

The court heard he used MySpace and Facebook to lure teens into his web through over-the-top charm with the motivation to sexually exploit them.

Victims described Zimmerman as every girl’s worst fear and every parent’s nightmare.

His obsessive personality took hold in his 20s, possibly fuelled by his high libido, having never been in trouble before.

Some victims were wary of his ulterior motives as he complimented their looks saying he wanted to befriend them because they were “gorgeous” or “hot”.

Zimmerman would boast about his role with the band, offering tickets to concerts and to some a once in a lifetime chance to live the “high life” as bait.

He even bragged about managing pop stars Beyonce and Pink.

Once hooked online, his victims would be tempted into compromising positions, some posing for him on webcams that he would record with the stroke of a key to “screen grab” and later use as blackmail.

Two police operations, Tholos and later Vodoun, were launched into Zimmerman’s criminal activities after the victim of his boldest sexual crime came forward to police.

It was to unravel Zimmerman’s evil web and his silenced victims.

In her case, the 13-year-old was coerced to meet Zimmerman for sex in October 2009.

After accepting him on Facebook as a friend and chatting online, he convinced her during webcam chats to pose in her underwear, which days later he used to blackmail her by threatening to send images to her parents.

Zimmerman chose to force a meeting at a school near where she lived in Melbourne’s east.

As part of his modus operandi, he used two accounts, one depicting himself without an age, and an alias he dubbed “Jay” – a 17-year-old who was aggressive and highly sexually explicit.

Wearing a hoodie, Zimmerman told her not to look at him and led her to a secluded area where he raped her and then promised to destroy the images of her.

He would recant twice on his word, forcing her to meet him two more times for sex, each time covering her eyes to stop her looking at him.

After the third meeting the victim blocked “Jay” only for the harrassment to continue under his “Zimmo” account.

Zimmerman wrote as “Zimmo” he had received the images from “Jay” and demanded sex.

Photographs were attached to the victim as well as threats to kill her after she blocked his “Jay” account.

It continued until his arrest on November 20, 2009.

Nine days after his arrest Zimmerman opened another Facebook account to continue preying on underage girls.

Investigations into Zimmerman’s internet accounts led to the sexual crimes squad taking over in April, 2010, following Zimmerman’s second arrest on March 31.

What they found was staggering.

Over a two-year period, Zimmerman had sent more than 60,000 messages to young girls using three Facebook and two MySpace accounts, swapping between accounts in which he used his real identity and aliases. 

Three identities were predominantly used.

The first was the MySpace account “Zimmo”, an accurate profile except for his age that was created on January 25, 2005.

A second account, created on July 3, 2007, was a young, attractive blonde bi-sexual female he named Taylor, aged 18 to 23.

He used “Taylor” to exchange explicit pictures with other homosexual or bisexual females.

He then created “Johnny Zimmerman”. He switched to Facebook in 2008 and after his first arrest on November 20, opened “John Zimmerman”.

He also used “Jay”, as a secondary Facebook account.

“Jay” used similar techniques to the “Zimmo” MySpace page, but was even more explicit, aggressive and threatening.

Jay would often appear online after initial contact was made.

Seven email addresses and MSN was also used to correspond with victims.

Waiting for big bubba in the jail pool Zimma?

Such was Zimmerman’s thirst to lure and have sex with young girls, he continued his criminal behaviour after first being arrested and interviewed by police in November 2009.

Investigators would find he used similar techniques with each girl he befriended online to get them to interact with him.

Zimmerman would tell his prey they had been a “random” add and that he had wanted to add them to his “friends list” because they were “hot”.

Descriptions such as “gorgeous” and “pretty” were regularly used and questions about age were deflected.

The compliments would continue until he would ask them to use a webcam for a face-to-face chat.

If they accepted, he would ask them to pose scantily clad or nude and perform lewd acts.

Screen grabs would be recorded to use against the victim, with threats to send the compromising images to family and school friends if they refused to meet with him or comply with his demands.

He would often confront them first performing lewd acts.

Zimmerman also developed “challenging techniques”, using language to intimate a girl was too inexperienced or unworldly to “play” or have “fun” with him.

Any attempt to stop contact or block him was met with aggression and threats.

In April 2009, The Getaway Plan, already planning to sack him, split up, devastating Zimmerman and leading to a period of his most frenetic offending.

His cruelty extended to laughing at one victim he coerced into having sex with him during her school lunch break, yelling “slut” from his car after dropping her at school.

Another who revealed to him she had an eating disorder was mocked for it after she refused to comply with his demands.

Within a year he would be in custody, living in a maximum security prison protection unit, with one of Australia’s most high-profile murderers for a cellmate.

 

31 thoughts on “Sexual Predator,John Zimmerman faces sentence for disgusting acts on teen girls

  1. whats that it… chemically neuter the dog, let him loose in the unprotected section of the prison with “child sex offender” tatooed on his forehead for 12 months then save the tax payer money by executing the animal…

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  2. He actually looks like a weedy, pathetic creature. His tatt right arm etc..what a big man. I hate to say this but I would turn the other way if he was raped in jail. Sometimes I think the eye for an eye rule should be applied. What sort of person takes a girl’s virginity and then calls her a slut and demeans so many for his own sorry ego. Not a human being who warrants my sympathy and that’s for sure. He thinks he’s such a BIG man..let’s see how big he is in jail. I imagine his parents are devastated but, so are all the victims and their parents. No winners in this scenario.

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  3. this peverted creep will get whats coming. so tragic that these young women are seeking “love”, attention or validation from creepbags like this who convince them to pose & whatever else for a stranger on the internet!! parents need to educate their children & instill a higher self value.

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  4. Yeah, fuckers like this won’t do it easy, he’d better watch his back, even in protection. When i was locked up in Hakea Prison in WA (Canningvale), Dante Arthurs arrived (Sofia Rodriguez’s killer). A guy from my unit took scissors from our unit to his cleaning job in the protection unit to stab him. Screws unfortunately realized the scissors were missing and the units were locked down before he got to him.

    Thats how easy it is. The media never even finds out about stuff like this.

    And this was on the second day of Dante’s arrival.

    So yeah, if these motherfuckers think they’re safe in protection, think again. There are people with nothing to lose in prison, life on top of life without parole is meaningless.

    They fucking HATE tamps in prison.

    I was locked up for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methylamphetamine and posession of precurser chemicals incase you’re wondering, 3.5 years. Living legit now, freedom is worth more than any amount of money. It all comes crashing down in the end, and I was lucky to get caught/charged with only that.

    Love your work Robbo, keep it up mate.

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  5. This kind of Behaviour from men in the music industry isn’t new. This guy obviously is the worst of the worst, but I know many woman who have been used and abused by popular musicians. When I was younger I had a crush on a well known Australian guitarist, who I shall not name to save distress to his now wife (if anyone was stupid enough to marry the scumbag).

    I met him through a friend and he was very nice. Met him a few more times and ended up sleeping with him. I liked him. It was the dumbest mistake of my life. I attended a show of his a few weeks after and was harrassed by him and his manager and he told me to leave the show. He basically abused me. Didn’t want me there, why I don’t know, but I accommodated him and never attended any place he was playing ever again. When I see him in the media I felt sick to my stomach. His manager played mind games with me following the incident and exhibited stalking behavior toward me.

    I later found out that he was propositioning every young girl he came across. This guy is a respected musician and it makes me sick.

    You also have to wonder about the band members of The Getaway Plan themselves. He was using the band myspace account that he had access to. In that case wouldn’t they have read his messages and known what he was doing? Perfectly acceptable to them? Maybe it’s why they sacked him. Who knows. Musicians and people in the industry have an obligation not to use their position to treat women like shit. Especially their young fans. The Joh Zimmerman case has opened old wounds for me, it makes me sick and he should be locked up for life and beaten every day he’s in jail.

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    • So you were a groupie and got discarded. That’s what groupies are for. Boo hoo – put on your big girl panties and deal with it. Groupies are a big part of the problems relating to women in the music industry.

      As for “didn’t the band know what he was doing?” Maybe they did but probably not. Usually one person will run the website & the others are vaguely aware of it but don’t really care. This is my experience of musicians, anyway.

      I’m more wondering how these little girls were managing to go off to play groupie. I don’t blame THEM, they’re children. But there is no way on this planet my kids would have been able to get that amount of time out of their schedule without good reason at that age. I know that “where were the parents?” is a hackneyed phrase, but seriously – if you have kids you MUST take responsibility for knowing what they’re doing and where they are. Especially when they’re young. Educate yourselves about the net. Keep up with the stupid memes & fads so your have points of reference and commonality. It’s not really that hard. Tedious and irritating at times, but not that hard.

      As for this filthy piece of scum – he is one example of the generally misogynistic attitude that gives the music industry a bad name and deserves a kicking for his treatment of women, regardless of their age. For the fact that they were children, he should be chemically castrated and (if he’s religious) pray that people never find out where he lives after his release.

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    • Jhinny, no-one in these kinds of positions (music, sport, player / artist management, etc) seems to think engaging in such distasteful behaviour will hurt them – until they meet a Kim Duthie! Suddenly, all hell breaks loose…. it was so fun seeing how everyone, from the players to manager Ricky Nixon starts scurrying for cover!

      Usually, characters like Kim Duthie are quietly paid off, or expected to go away. She didn’t, and suddenly, a massive media-fest of the kind we rarely see!

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  6. remember the Masters Apprentices an Buddy England back in late 60’s early 70;s that was there style also.all gutless weak cunts.ran like dogs when it got heavy.fuck all they can do to me for declaring them ;i live overseas now.if u want any of these sicko;s named email me i do it FUCK THE LAW cant touch me hehe.

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  7. Perplexed needs to put a sock in it… Jhinney was making a contribution to this discussion, like all of us & shooting her down into flames is plain rude! you must have nothing better to do than belittle other people on this forum who`s opinions differ to yours.

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    • I should put a sock in it because my opinion differs to some groupie? Lol – this is the internet, the land of opinion. And my opinion is that groupies do a lot to foster misogyny in the music industry.

      You realise that your “shooting me down in flames” is exactly what you’re criticising me for doing, don’t you? There’s this concept called “hypocrisy” you might want to look it up… :D

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  8. Perplexed, my parents “thought” they knew where I was when I was younger. shopping with my friends, at a blue light disco, hanging out at a friends house. however, we sometimes didn’t do what we told them we were doing, we’d sneak out and go riding in cars with boys (strangers), we’d walk the streets and quickly run back to the blue light disco just before finish time and our folks were there to pick us up and didn’t know any the wiser. Sometimes even parents with the strictest guidelines, best intentions etc are duped by their children.

    Looking back we were lucky nothing ever happened to us, I certainly wouldn’t do it nowadays. I used every trick in the book to get out and have fun with my friends. You can’t blame the parents, you can’t blame the girls, you can only blame the sick people who do it and think they can get away with it!

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    • Oh, I’m fully aware of what we do to get out from under our parents’ eye – I did a lot of it myself. Which gave me a lot of tools to circumvent similar behaviour. The most useful technique I’ve found to mitigate your kids’ behaviour, I’ve found, is to make sure that their friends know clearly what will happen to them if anything happens to your child. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a very direct approach to protecting my children and don’t give a stuff whether or not my methods are considered politically correct or not. I have very good, friendly relationships with my kids’ friends, but they are also very aware that there will be consequences if they do anything to cause my kids harm or encourage them to do dumb stuff. There are advantages to being the “cool but slightly crazy & unpredictable parents”, lol. Yes I know that I can’t know everything that they do, but I bet I know more about my kids’ whereabouts & activities than many.

      A side story – when a young person I know ran away from home at 13, her mother literally grabbed a weapon, kicked in the front door of the local teen hangout & threatened everyone there with harm if she found out her daughter had been seen and not returned home. Less than 2 hours after she left the hangout, her daughter was forcibly dropped home by these “friends”. Direct action – it has results, lol. I’m sure someone will be appalled at my attitude & story but that’s fine. My child’s right to safety and protection is of a much higher priority Oh, I’m fully aware of what we do to get out from under our parents’ eye – I did a lot of it myself. Which gave me a lot of tools to circumvent similar behaviour. The most useful technique I’ve found to mitigate your kids’ behaviour, I’ve found, is to make sure that their friends know clearly what will happen to them if anything happens to your child. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a very direct approach to protecting my children and don’t give a stuff whether or not my methods are considered politically correct or not. I have very good, friendly relationships with my kids’ friends, but they are also very aware that there will be consequences if they do anything to cause my kids harm or encourage them to do dumb stuff. There are advantages to being the “cool but slightly crazy & unpredictable parents”, lol. Yes I know that I can’t know everything that they do, but I bet I know more about my kids’ whereabouts & activities than many.

      A side story – when a young person I know ran away from home at 13, her mother literally grabbed a weapon, kicked in the front door of the local teen hangout & threatened everyone there with harm if she found out her daughter had been seen and not returned home. Less than 2 hours after she left the hangout, her daughter was forcibly dropped home by these “friends”. Direct action – it has results, lol. I’m sure someone will be appalled at my attitude & story but that’s fine. My child’s right to safety and protection is of a much higher priority than their right to privacy, their friend’s rights to anything and the opinion of a few net randoms :)

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      • Argh! No idea what happened there, but if you try I’m sure you can work out some of my gist, lol.

        This is where a delete or edit function would come in handy…

        Robbo… Help! :D

        I can re-post if you want, lol

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      • You really have nothing of value to add here, you wanna placate people on both sides of the argument but at the same time only succeed in pissing everyone off. This forum has (mostly) mature people with life experience sharing and debating their opinions. You have the debating skills of a child who acts out for attention and says things solely to provoke a response.

        You’re out of your depth here. No one wants to hear what you have to say.

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  9. This John Zimmerman dude is the same one who advertised at University of Sydney Casual Employment Service (CES) looking for a managers assistant for his new music business, back in late 2003. He interviewed me over the phone and when he asked for my age (which is something employers are not supposed to do so I didn’t give him my age), he refused to offer me employment. I got the feeling he was simply using the advertisement purely to get young students. When I complained to Sydney University over the interview, they didn’t do anything about it, and the ad for the assistants position was still being advertised there weeks later. If any of the young women there were harmed because of the ad, Sydney University has a lot of explaining to do.

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  10. The name should be “Delusional” – not “Perplexed” … you may think you are this “cool parent” that has their parenting down pat, but I’d say there is a high chance, that like the rest of us you make mistakes & errors in judgement too. And an even higher chance that the cool parent title is all in your head & your children have the capability to decieve you like most teenagers. The bottom line is, parents need to raise their children to value themselves highly, to know right from wrong & be aware of the scumbags lurking in the Net luke Zimmerman.
    Also – Perplexed, yes your opinion differs to “some groupie” but the point is your opinion could be voiced in a way that DOESNT degrade others & make you look like an ass!!

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  11. You people are the sick ones. This guy is nothing. Big fucking deal. I could go into the issue, using logic as to why what he did shouldn’t even be a crime, but it wouldn’t do any good.

    MANY ordinary guys that are just outside of being a teenager are maliciously and overzealously persecuted and demonized by the criminal S.O.C.A. and Australian Police in general, for nothing more than being normal young guys or being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

    Start doing a tiny bit of research and wake up to yourselves.

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    • There’s a difference between a young guy who sleeps with a girl just outside of consenting age and a guy who makes a lifestyle of intentionally targeting young and vulnerable girls online for the sole purpose of using them sexually, often against their will. One’s an error in judgment or a mistake made on a whim. The other is a sinister and calculated crime.

      You, need to educate yourself.

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      • That’s not a very subtle implied threat. Ever heard of freedom of speech? You people openly make death threats over the internet, targeting anyone that holds a differing opinion to you, and people like John Zimmerman are the “monsters” because they did things that were JUST outside the window of what is legal?

        I stumbled upon this blog and even though I fully expected to be threatened, I just had to speak up against you all.

        19 and 20 year old kids get demonized and persecuted by police every single day, just because some half brained, immature girl wants to make trouble for them. Their lives are ruined for nothing. I ask this question to everybody, How would you feel if something like that happened to your son?

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  12. I knew Johny from school he was shy quiet and very low level of intelligence ..by 25 he was like a 15 year old…what he did was wrong, I think it happened because he was a loner loser with no friends to stop what was going on…I feel sorry for him but do appreciate the damage to victims is irreversible

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