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FDLE arrests North Fort Myers man on possession of child sexual assault material

Was arrested at an encampment in neighborhood woods

By Staff | Feb 27, 2024

Zachary Kane Zieler

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested a North Fort Myers man on 10 felony counts of possession of child sexual assault material.

Zachary Kane Zieler, 32, was arrested Monday after law enforcement located him living in a tent in the woods of a residential neighborhood, according to a release issued today by the FDLE.

“He was transported and booked into the Lee County Jail without bond pending first appearance,” the release states. “The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.”

The investigation began on Dec. 24, 2023, when agents identified a peer-to-peer platform user offering files suspected to be child sexual abuse material, the release states, adding through investigative and legal processes, agents identified an address where Zieler was residing.

On Feb. 12, FDLE agents, with assistance from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations, served a search warrant at the residence, officials said.

“During a search of Zieler’s room, agents seized several electronic devices for later forensic analysis,” the release states.

A preliminary forensic review of the evidence was conducted on Feb. 19 and agents “located multiple files depicting children, some younger than 5 years old, being sexually abused.”

The investigation was conducted by the FDLE Fort Myers Cyber Crimes Squad.

Source: FDLE