A former elementary school teacher and director of a Taylors Falls youth summer activity program entered a guilty plea in district court Monday this week to possessing pornographic images of young girls.
Robert Bruce Zemlin, 47, lived in Lindstrom at the time BCA agents and local authorities raided his house last spring and seized his computer, reportedly containing electronic files, discs, or works as described under state statutes, of child porn. A task force that’s been working on prosecuting Internet child pornography offenders had identified Zemlin’s computer “address” involved in downloading images.
He was booked and charged with multiple possession counts related to his internet activities from March 2018 to June 2019.
Zemlin was employed at Taylors Falls Elementary School from 2011 to when he left in 2018, according to the superintendent. Zemlin taught in Forest Lake School District previously. He also worked briefly with youngsters as a leader of a Taylors Falls summer recreation program, according to city Council member and parks liaison Larry Julik Heine.
On the morning court docket Monday this week, seated next to his lawyer Steven Wolter, Zemlin told Judge Robert Rancourt that he has agreed to plead guilty to three counts. They carry jail terms of five years and $5,000 in fines.
The plea agreement as discussed in court includes sex offender treatment and 10 years’ probation. Any subsequent criminal offense triggers a “straight plea” which could impose maximum penalties.
The pre-sentence evaluation process will include a psycho-sexual assessment which Zemlin was ordered to cooperate with.
Zemlin is out on bail conditions. Sentencing was set for August 26.