Two registered sex offenders living in Georgetown are accused of participating in a child pornography distribution network, according to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.
David M. Pennington, a 70-year-old resident of Substation Way, and William D. Zimmerman, a 63-year-old resident of North King Street, were arrested this month as part of an ongoing investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force, Attorney General Beau Biden announced Thursday.
The investigation reportedly began in 2012 after the task force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Investigators said they arrested Rogelio A. Cordero, a 55-year-old New Castle man, after a Dec. 21 search of his home turned up multiple images of child erotica and child pornography, including an image depicting two nude girls between the ages of 10 and 12 in a bath tub, as well as a video of a girl changing clothes in a bedroom.
Cordero is charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography and is being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington in lieu of a $375,000 secured bail.
Interviews with Cordero and a subsequent search of his home led police to Pennington, who they believe traded child pornography with Cordero. Pennington was convicted of statutory rape of a person younger than 11 in 1984 and unlawful sexual intercourse with a victim between the ages of 12 and 15 in 1994, according to the Delaware Sex Offender Central Registry.
Detectives searched Pennington’s home in the 19000 block of Substation Way on Dec. 21 and seized multiple DVDs and other documents.
Although Pennington was released following that search, police arrested him on a probation violation on Jan. 8, after searching a storage facility unit off Georgetown-Lewes Highway in Georgetown. He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of a $50,000 cash bail.
The same day, police also arrested Zimmerman, after seizing multiple computers, digital recording devices and other digital media from his home in the 300 block of North King St.
A forensic preview of those electronic devices revealed multiple images of child pornography, including a video depicting a pre-pubescent boy engaged in a sex act with an adult male, police said.
Zimmerman is charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography and is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of a $500,000 secured bail.
Zimmerman was convicted of statutory rape of a person younger than 11 in 1984 and unlawful sexual intercourse with a victim between the ages of 12 and 15 in 1994, according to the Delaware Sex Offender Central Registry.
The attorney general’s office is continuing its investigation, including a trip Zimmerman reportedly took outside the country with a 14-year-old child he befriended.