Ex-Lake Forest Planning Commissioner Arrested for Child Sex Crimes

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A former planning commissioner for the city of Lake Forest was arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography, authorities announced Monday.

Jerry J. Zechmeister, 61, was taken into custody on Thursday by investigators with a joint task force including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and detectives from the Newport Beach Police Department.

During a search of Zechmeister’s home in October 2013 investigators found three computers and two external hard drives that contained approximately 160 videos containing child pornography dating back seven years, according to a news release from ICE.

Zechmeister was set to be arraignment on July 31.

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