The trial of a former youth softball coach accused of repeatedly raping a teen girl began Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Thomas Scott Zimpfer, 44, of New Lebanon, has been indicted on four counts of rape and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Law enforcement officials have said the alleged victims were not members of Zimpfer’s teams.
During opening statements before Judge Steven Dankof, Montgomery County assistant prosecutor Julie Bruns told the jury of six men and six women about the first alleged incident when Zimpfer allegedly followed the girl into a bathroom after asking her about her break-up with a boyfriend.
“This was someone she trusted and she was 13 years old,” Bruns said. “Not knowing what to do and being embarrassed about what happened, (the girl) chose not to tell anyone and continued to return to the Zimpfer home. Soon, (she) would find out that not telling anybody was a huge mistake.”
“Once the defendant had bridged that dam and felt safe that she wouldn’t tell,” Bruns added. “He continued to go back for more.”
Defense attorney Victor Hodge said the alleged victim weaved a “web of deception” and that the accusations are unsubstantiated.
“There is no corroborating evidence; there’s no physical evidence,” Hodge said, and that the facts “just don’t add up.”
“It is literally,” Hodge added. “(The girl’s) word versus Scott’s.”
The trial continues Wednesday morning with the prosecution’s first witness.
On Tuesday afternoon, the jury viewed Zimpfer’s home on Bull Road in Jackson Twp., where many of the alleged crimes took place between 2004 and 2009.
The documents allege the young victim suffered a head injury during one of the rapes that resulted from her head hitting a stairwell and that Zimpfer also raped her on her 18th birthday.