This is Part 1 of a four-part investigative series.
Content Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse. Reader discretion is advised.
A months-long Townhall investigation reveals disturbing new details about the affluent LGBTQ-activist couple accused of sodomizing their young adopted sons—now ages 9 and 11—and distributing "homemade" child pornography of the sexual abuse. Half a year after the shocking story made national news, Townhall is the only outlet following up on the criminal case in Georgia that has since seen zero headlines written about it. We've found that it's far, far worse than what was first reported.
Not only did the married men allegedly rape the two boys who were adopted through a Christian special-needs adoption agency, they were pimping out their children to nearby pedophiles in Atlanta-area suburbs, Townhall's follow-up investigation discovered.
Recorded jailhouse calls, a trove of never-before-seen court documents, and testimony from a family member who spoke exclusively with Townhall uncover the extent of the physical and emotional trauma the two elementary school-aged brothers endured as well as the red flags that the state overlooked during the same-sex couple's "faster than expected" adoption process.
As Townhall reported in August, the suspects were darlings of the LGBTQ media. They were part of an anti-gay hate campaign promoting "#NOH8," and Out magazine, which holds the nation's highest circulation among LGBTQ monthly publications, has repeatedly asked them if its website's Pride page can feature their photos taken at the Atlanta Pride Parade.
The adoptive fathers, 33-year-old government worker William Dale Zulock Jr. and 35-year-old banker Zachary "Zack" Jacoby Zulock—who was previously accused of raping a child—from Oxford, Georgia, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of incest, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, felony sexual exploitation of children, and felony prostitution of a minor.
William and Zachary are each facing over nine life sentences. They've pleaded not guilty.
According to a copy of the 17-count indictment Townhall has obtained, the adoptive dads allegedly performed oral sex on both boys, forced the children to perform oral sex on them, and anally raped their sons. In at least one instance, the anal rape injured the older Zulock child, who just turned 11-years-old in mid-December. Court records indicate that the child sexual abuse stretches back to as early as late 2019 and intensified in January 2021, March 2021, and December 2021, as the offense dates are listed.
The brothers were enrolled in third and fourth-grade, respectively, before the men were caught in a midnight July bust at the Zulock mansion, which ended with Zachary tackled to the ground and William hauled out of the house naked by armed officers.
William admitted to forcing his 11-year-old adopted son to perform an act of sodomy, a.k.a. "oral copulation," on him "with the intent to satisfy his own...sexual desire," reads a sworn affidavit filed in support of William's overnight arrest back on July 27.
(Townhall has redacted the children's names to protect the identities of the underage victims.)
An updated criminal affidavit says the child sexual abuse was filmed by William's husband Zachary, "with whom he routinely engaged in sexually abusive acts" on the boy. Zachary, the household's breadwinner, confessed to being the cameraman, and authorities allegedly found a folder on his cell phone—labeled "US"—that contained videos of William sexually abusing the child.
The indictment also charges the Zulock co-defendants with soliciting two other men, through the use of popular social media platforms, in the Greater Atlanta metropolitan region to "perform an act of prostitution" with their child that suffered physical injuries from being brutally raped. Townhall is the first to publicly identify these two alleged members of a pedophile ring in the heart of the Peach State: 27-year-old Hunter Clay Lawless and 25-year-old Luis Armando Vizcarro-Sanchez, both of Loganville.
Lawless, who snitched on the Zulocks, told local law enforcement he received "numerous" messages via Snapchat from Zachary about "f*cking [his] son tonight" and to "be prepared" to receive images as well as videos of the father raping his adopted child.
Zachary met Lawless through a mutual contact, an unidentified man going only by the first name "Blake" on the gay dating app Grindr. Following the virtual introduction, Zachary sent photographs and videos to Lawless of a little boy he referred to as his son.
"I'm going to f*ck my son tonight. Stand by," Zachary allegedly messaged Lawless on Snapchat and then sent pictures of himself sexually abusing his 11-year-old child. After he was busted, Lawless denied having had any physical contact with the Zulock boys but told law enforcement officers that Zachary invited him "multiple times" to engage in sexual acts with him and his two children.
A list of the state's evidence includes 149 images collected at the Zulock home; two flash drives containing Zachary and Lawless's phone data; Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) results from the children's medical forensic exams, which gathered DNA evidence such as bodily fluids and documented injuries; a text message from Lawless; a Snapchat letter; two written letters from the older Zulock child; and a disk containing a data dump from Vizcarro-Sanchez's iPad and iPhone.
A photo of a "daddy" shirt is also an evidentiary item listed by the district attorney's office. Police had found clothes in the older Zulock child's bedroom that matched the clothing the boy was wearing in the photos and videos Zachary allegedly sent Lawless.
Years ago, Zachary had proudly displayed a child-sized "So Cool Like Dad" T-shirt he received as a gift at his adoption shower.
The relative on Zachary's side of the family, who agreed to speak with Townhall on the condition of anonymity, grilled Zachary during a series of recorded phone conversations in the fall of 2022 on who exactly Lawless is and how he knows the suspect:
"I mean, like I said, I mean, not everything that's being said is accurate or true. So, I mean, and I'm trying not to lose everything," Zachary, who's being held separately from William while in pre-trial detainment, replied. Zachary was transferred to Barrow County Detention Center and placed under "maximum" security "due to the nature of the charges," a jail staffer told Townhall.
"Does this guy [Lawless] know you at all? Or is it some random thing? He's just trying to rat somebody?" the relative asked.
"Umm, so last time he was here, I told him something. And it's—I told you—last time he was here, I wrote him down something and gave it to him. Umm, it's something around those lines but more," Zachary responded vaguely, without explaining further.
Zachary insisted in a separate phone call: "All I can say is, you know, it's not all true. That's all I can say."
"I need someone in the family who doesn't hate me. So, I mean, I can't tell you what to feel or—I can't cry right now around other people," Zachary pleaded in lock-up, audibly starting to sob on the phone. "I just need somebody who doesn't hate us!" he cried.
"Just don't forget me," Zachary beseeched the relative at the end of their first call in September.
Zachary began frantically searching for Lawless's profile on Facebook last January, the relative, who has access to his social media accounts, observed. Over on Snapchat, Zachary has active, unopened chats with multiple men, according to the source.
Zachary, who lists his Snapchat username in his Instagram bio where the self-described activist brags about being "Papa to our two wonderful boys," admitted to sending such material to "less than a dozen people." There are other potential co-defendants under investigation that are "out there" circulating videos of the Zulock boys, Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Randy McGinley, who serves Walton County, told the court at a Sept. 7 bond hearing, according to a transcript provided to Townhall.
"They just view underage boys as sex objects," McGinley said of the Zulock co-defendants at the virtual court appearance.
Raid and Seizure
Since the Zulocks have been taken into custody, the married men's assets have been seized, their vehicles have been forfeited, and their home is now the "property" of the state with a lien filed against it, the Zulock couple's criminal defense attorney John E. Haldi said in court, adding that a sign on the Zulock house says: "Do not enter. Property of the Walton County Sheriff's Office."
"It's B.S. that they took our house," a frustrated William stuck in Walton County Jail protested via an hour-long phone call with the Zulock family insider. "They seized the house, everything inside of it, all of our cars on the property," William said of the seizure.
William recounted the night of the armed raid on the Zulock residence: "They came in 11:30 at night. I was asleep. Zack was asleep. They were going to bust down our door if Zack didn't open the door." The relative asked, "They rammed the door down?"
"They were about to, but Zack heard them knocking. And he actually went and opened the door. They slammed him on the floor. And, umm, I hate to say this, but," William paused momentarily, chuckling in a lowered voice. "I don't sleep in clothes," he said.
"So, they arrested me in my bed naked," William complained. "And they walked me across my front yard, put me in a [police] cruiser with no clothes. They wouldn't even let me get gym shorts or anything." William added that he sat stark naked in the back seat of the patrol car until approximately 4:00 a.m. the following morning "while they searched our house for God knows what."
"Yeah, you can tell in Zack's mugshot that he has a big bruise on the left side of his face," the family member said.
"Yeah, 'cause they slammed him against the floor in the foyer. He had bruises on his knees, his face. They come in blazing with AK-47s or whatever," William continued, recalling about 10 to 15 officers. "They were doing like a drug bust or something."
"'Cause they come in screamin' and hollerin' and—overkill," William whined. "I'm pretty sure they ransacked the whole house."
"I think they took our house because they think there was extra money coming in from somewhere, and we're, like, in our 30s and have this big, giant house. And they didn't think we could afford it," William said, describing the custom-built home he designed.
The couple's "dream home" sits on a two-acre secluded cul-de-sac in a private, prestigious upscale neighborhood where pre-existing houses are selling for as much as $900,000. Construction of the mansion from the ground up took only half a year in 2020. "The kids love the forest behind us and the playroom for all their toys," William wrote in a post celebrating its completion.
Beforehand, the Zulocks lived out of a small house in Snellville, which neighbors Loganville, at the time the boys were adopted. The couple's lavish lifestyle began to materialize about a year after the Zulock men got the boys, the family insider told Townhall.
In addition to the Zulocks considering purchasing the adjacent property, Zachary told friends they were looking to buy a condo over the next few years somewhere in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach along the southern tip of Alabama's white-sand coastline.
"Getting ideas for our next house," William had cheekily captioned a picture taken in North Carolina outside of the Biltmore Estate, a 250-room, 8,000-acre castle that is considered America's largest home and belongs to the industrialist Vanderbilt family.
William went on to accuse Walton County law enforcement officials of "spinning some lies to seize our house," asserting: "I've come to find out that most of these police officers in this county smudge and lie just so they can get a higher conviction rate."
"Me and Zack worked our butts off for everything we've had," William later declared.
DA McGinley explained in an email to Townhall that his office had filed a civil complaint seeking to forfeit the Zulock property. "Forfeitures are a civil proceeding, but handled by my office," McGinley wrote. (In response, the Zulocks filed an answer, and then McGinley's office filed a motion for a more definitive statement, which states that the answer was insufficient under the law.)
The two Zulock men were both denied bond when Judge Foster determined that the co-defendants are threats to children in the community, flight risks, "at risk to commit new felony offenses," and could intimidate and influence witnesses or victims.
"That was a sack of bricks that was dropped on everybody at the bond hearing," William commented to the relative.
Inside the 'Gayest Place in Town'
Nestled within a suburban paradise, the Zulock mansion turned-"house of horrors" had surveillance cameras installed in "every square foot" of the property, the family member told Townhall. There was also a "secret," windowless room the size of a closet without any doors hidden behind a moveable bookcase in the home office that the cops left open, which felt like something out of "a horror movie," the relative said. Another "creepy" interior room devoid of windows was purportedly used as a "home theater."
LGBTQ-pride paraphernalia littered the family's extravagantly furnished four-bedroom, five-bathroom house (plus a packed three-car garage), including a rainbow Mickey Mouse stuffed animal placed atop a "Love Above All" pillow on the foyer's loveseat, where Zachary was swarmed by the SWAT team, and a neon "Love is Love" sign that adorned the kitchen's granite countertop.
The lamp's pro-inclusivity phrase—a mainstream LGBTQ mantra that self-styled "minor-attracted persons" (MAPs) have co-opted in a rebranding campaign that attempts to normalize sexual attraction to children—is one Zachary frequently promoted online.
Zachary Zulock promoting the "Love is Love" phrase | Zachary Zulock (Instagram)
(The Zulocks own a collection of exotic pets, including a gopher tortoise, which Georgia recognizes as a protected species, in violation of state law, according to a ticket issued by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "In the interest of judicial economy," the state moved to dismiss the citation, given the alarming lot of life sentences the Zulock co-defendants are facing.)
Zachary, a Biden voter and ardent Black Lives Matter advocate who championed left-wing causes on Facebook, also often posted images of the house's exterior, where a welcome mat emblazoned with "Gayest Place in Town" sat at the front door.
"Our business is our business. What happens in our home, stays in our home," the gay couple allegedly told their abused sons.
Beyond the child sexual abuse, "as punishment" during after-school hours, the Zulock boys were forced to stand in a corner for "eight hours straight" over back-to-back days, only being allowed to move to either eat or use the bathroom. William was also witnessed slapping their younger son "hard" in the face. "They were just abused every possible way," the relative told Townhall.
The relative asked Zachary if he's worried about the two boys and wondering where his sons are. "I mean, yeah, but I definitely can't talk about that. But, umm, I mean, yeah, and then I'm concerned about the house and everything. Because, you know, nothing's being paid, obviously because I'm here. The longer things that go on, the worse all that gets," Zachary responded.
"The sooner we get out, the sooner I can manage our finances because things are gonna start piling up..." Zachary emphasized.
William is concerned as well about bills and monthly expenses. "We do have, like, subscription stuff that needs cancelled like, you know, Disney +, Amazon Video. All that needs to be cancelled because it's auto-hitting our credit card," William stressed.
"The boys were just another commodity to them," the family member voiced to Townhall.
Zachary seemed like an "animated people-pleaser" with a penchant for "self-promotion." Now, the case has "destroyed the illusion of who I thought he was," the family member said. "What a narcissistic sociopath." Another relative conveyed to Townhall's insider that Zachary's "overachieving" "persona" was nothing more than "a facade" to portray a public image of "success," while the once blue-haired William, who was the "quiet" and "hard-to-read" one, "always made my skin f*cking crawl."
The family is questioning, in hindsight, how a low-level civil servant and a small-town bank teller could indulge in such niceties.
After an application was submitted for representation by a public defender, a letter addressed to William shows that the county's Indigent Defense Program found he is ineligible, citing equity ownership and his spouse's whopping $7,500-a-week income. A similar denial memo was also sent to Zachary, who handles their money, pointing to his supposed well-to-do weekly earnings.
According to Zachary's since-deleted LinkedIn page, he was a branch coordinator at the SunTrust bank in Duluth—a career he touts on Pride-themed T-shirts. But the latest Glassdoor data says the position only carries a modest $62,000 in annual pay.
Townhall contacted the site's bank supervisor to confirm whether or not if Zachary is still employed and truly raking in a six-figure salary. "Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to make any comments," the on-duty manager stated over the phone. "We can't verify any information in regards" to Zachary's current employment at the SunTrust branch or how much he makes, the manager said.
Zachary took vacation time using leftover paid-time-off (PTO) for the first week or two in jail. Then, he tried to place himself on a leave of absence, but management wouldn't hear his plight. "I'm pretty sure I don't work there anymore [...] which is fine, 'cause I didn't like it anyways. So, it's whatever. But, I'm pretty sure I don't have one [a job] anymore," Zachary told his family member.
(Back when Zachary was a universal bank specialist at PNC Bank, he and William marched yearly in the Atlanta Pride Parade carrying rainbow "Born This Way" pride flags and sporting orange PNC shirts made by the financial services corporation, a corporate partner and sponsor of the annual event. The marital partners also participated in Aids Walk Atlanta year after year.)
Meanwhile, William worked as a supervisor at the county's Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) customer service center off of Heritage Parkway, where he often assisted teenage student drivers who were seeking to obtain their learner's permit or driver's license. Prior to hiring, all DDS personnel underwent a background check, which included a criminal history report.
Townhall called DDS headquarters to inquire about William's employment status. "We don't give that information out over the phone," the office of investigations told Townhall. "I won't be able to give you any personal information about the employee."
"The only money we had coming in is my paycheck [and] Zack's paycheck," William maintained. "And then we never told anybody, because it wasn't anybody's business, but we get child support for the kids from the state," he revealed to the relative.
"Oh, you still get child support from the state?" the family member asked. "Mhm, until they're 18," he replied. "I didn't know that happened after they were adopted," the relative stated. William, laughing, said: "I didn't know that either until we adopted them."
When questioned about the legal-defense paperwork, William countered, "That's something they pulled out of their rear end."
"Did you mean the information on the finances or what they said in the bond hearing?" the family member asked William. "Probably about the finances and what Zack makes," William answered, not outright denying what was alleged in the courtroom.
Read Part 2 here - detailing the Zulocks' co-conspirators, the scale of the abuse, and if the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act could be applied to such a case.
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