Thursday, December 15, 2011

He used Facebook before but soon he would be using prison toilet

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

John 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.