Girls softball coach in Ohio accused of rape of a underage teenager

Girls softball coach in Ohio accused of rape of a underage teenager

New Lebanon : OH : USA | Feb 04, 2013 at 1:08 PM PST
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New Lebanon Ohio. Thomas Zimpfer, 43, who is a New Lebanon girls softball coach was indicted by a grand jury on rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Zimpfer is accused of having sex with a minor more than five years ago. The rape victim was not named or her age was not revealed by the authorities. She is now an adult.

The rape allegations come to light late in 2012. Zimpfer was indicted on Friday by a grand jury and on Saturday he was arrested by the police at the Englewood Indoor Soccer complex on Wegner Road in Jackson Township.

Jackson Township police chief John Schade said his police department is handling the case because he believes the rape happened in his township. Schade said the rape victim is not a player that was coached by Zimpfer.

Shannon Benis who is the secretary for the New Lebanon Youth Athletics Inc. said Zimpfer coached softball at the facility from 2008-2012 for girls in the 3rd and 4th grade but is not coaching at the facility. Schade said Zimpfer was at the indoor soccer complex watching one of his children play soccer at the time of his arrest.

Benis believes Zimpfer is innocent of the rape charges against him. Benis said the New Lebanon Youth Athletics club will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the allegations.

Court records show Zimpfer has no previous arrest record in Montogomery County.

News sources and Katie Wedell

George Vieto is based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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