Tue, Feb. 18

Two men arrested in VOC child molestation case

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- Two men have been arrested after detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received information regarding the sexual molestation of a teenaged boy in the Village of Oak Creek.

Detectives arrested Gary "Jay" Zimmerman, aka Gary Leslie Sumner, 43, who lives on Rio Verde Circle in the Village of Oak Creek.

Zimmerman is a registered sex offender, according to YCSO. Following the service of a search warrant in the Village of Oak Creek by detectives and federal agents, Zimmerman was booked into the Camp Verde Jail Sept. 9, on multiple charges including sexual conduct with a minor, continuous sexual abuse of a child, child molestation, and filming minors engaged in sexual conduct.

He remains in-custody on a $250,000 bond, according to YCSO.

Also arrested was Richard Byard Sumner, 41, Long Beach, California. Detectives and federal agents served a search warrant in Long Beach on Sept. 8, and Sumner was arrested on involvement in the possession and creation of child pornography in the Village of Oak Creek. He is being held without bond in the Los Angeles County Jail and awaiting extradition to Yavapai County. Sheriff's Office detectives thanked deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Carson Station for their assistance with the arrest of Sumner.

According to a news release from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D'Evelyn, the investigation uncovered photographic evidence recovered during the service of search warrants in Long Beach, that confirmed the molestation of a male teenaged victim by Zimmerman on several occasions in the Village of Oak Creek. The investigation determined the suspects were involved in molesting male victims as young as 11 years old. Detectives continue to work leads regarding possible additional victims.

If anyone has further information regarding the activities of Zimmerman and Sumner, please contact Detective Chad Shilling at 928-554-8575 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives would like to thank the special agents from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations - Flagstaff, Phoenix offices and ICE's HSI - Los Angeles office with the assistance of the Los Angeles Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce for their extensive support in this complex investigation. This is just one of many cases wherein joint investigations with special agents from Homeland Security Investigations have resulted in the apprehension of persons who sexually exploited children in Yavapai County.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website:

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