- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A former Lake Forest city official has been arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1maXjTv) that 61-year-old Jerry J. Zechmeister was taken into custody last week.

He had resigned as planning commissioner in November unexpectedly after 11 years serving the city. Investigators first served a search warrant at his home in October and seized three computers and two external hard drives.

Investigators with the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force and other agencies found about 160 videos featuring child pornography.

Zechmeister was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned July 31.

It wasn’t immediately known whether he has retained a lawyer.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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