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  • Former teacher faces grand jury in sexual misconduct case

  • A Camden County man and former high school coach in Crocker will be arraigned in Pulaski County next month.
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  • A Camden County man and former high school coach in Crocker will be arraigned in Pulaski County next month.
    Kevin S. Zimmerman, 37, of Roach, will appear on Dec. 11 for arraignment in circuit court. Zimmerman faces allegations of sexual misconduct involving a student while he was employed as a teacher and soccer coach in Crocker.
    Zimmerman was originally charged with three counts of sexual contact when he was arrested
    last month. His case was later turned over to the Pulaski County Grand Jury. An indictment was issued on Nov. 15.
    According to a probable cause statement filed with the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney's office by Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel, authorities began investigating Zimmerman after he sent pornographic images to an undercover officer located in St. Louis County.
    During the investigation, which began on Oct. 2, Zimmerman was interviewed and admitted to being in a relationship with a student while being employed with the Crocker School District.
    Zimmerman said his relationship with the victim turned intimate in the spring of the victim's senior year of high school.
    In the probable cause statement, the victim admitted to having sex with Zimmerman at his lake house in Camden County more than three times while the victim was a student at Crocker High School.
    Both Zimmerman and the victim admitted to investigators they were friends for several years while the victim was in high school.
    Zimmerman coached in the district for more than two years.
    As soon as officers were informed of the incidents, Zimmerman was immediately arrested and removed from the school.
    According to information provided at the time of Zimmerman's arrest, police suspect there is only one victim.
    If convicted, Zimmerman could face up to 12 years imprisonment.
     
     
     
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