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Zumhofe continuance request denied, trial to start Wednesday

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Zumhofe continuance request denied, trial to start Wednesday
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — A continuance request by a 62-year-old Cyrus facing criminal sexual conduct charges for molesting a young woman over a period of years was denied Thursday afternoon in Kandiyohi County District Court.

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District Judge David Mennis denied the request by Eugene Otto Zumhofe, who is scheduled for a jury trial starting Wednesday and continuing through March 7.

Zumhofe faces 12 felony counts of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with the young woman approximately 1,800 times between 1999 and 2011.

Zumhofe had previously made a speedy trial request, to have the trial within 60 days.

He waived that right at the hearing and noted that the friend working as his investigator needed more time to find everyone he wished to call as witnesses.

Assistant County Attorney Nathan Midolo objected to the request, noting that the case has been continued numerous times and that the state has witnesses coming from four states, including some who are flying in and have booked tickets and made motel reservations.

The charges were filed last May. According to the criminal complaint, the woman reported to law enforcement in April that Zumhofe began having sexual contact with her when she was 15, in June 1999, and that the abuse continued until 2011. The woman, who is now 29, reported the abuse after seeking therapy and medical care in 2012.

The woman alleges that the abuse began when she moved into Zumhofe’s home in June 1999 in New London. It began with his touching her breasts and then oral sex, the complaint states. After about two weeks, the abuse progressed to intercourse two to three times a day, and in later years, intercourse took place two to three times a week until June 2011.

She alleges that approximately 1,800 separate acts of sexual abuse occurred during those years. Some took place in Kandiyohi County and some in Pope County, as Zumhofe moved to Cyrus in 2001.

Zumhofe pleaded not guilty in July to the charges. He also posted the $50,000 conditional bail in July. He is a former professional wrestler who performed as Buck “Rock n’ Roll” Zumhofe in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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