July 23, 2016

Mostly clear

Man pleads guilty to raping girl 10+ years ago

MEDINA — A 50-year-old New Hampshire man was convicted Tuesday of repeatedly raping a young relative of his more than a decade ago while she was living in Medina County.

Timothy Zimmerer

Timothy Zimmerer

Timothy S. Zimmerer, of North Conway, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of rape as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors agreed to reduce the severity of nine charges in exchange for the plea.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled Zimmerer for a March 31 sentencing hearing, where he faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. ­Under the original charges — which accused Zimmerer of forcibly raping a child under age 13 — he would have faced mandatory life in prison.

The victim, who’s now 25, reported to police that Zimmerer raped her several times between 1999 and 2002 — when she was between 10 and 14 years old.

As part of the plea deal, Zimmerer agreed to drop a motion to suppress evidence he filed in November, in which his attorney, Bob Campbell, argued his client’s interview with the FBI should be thrown out because an agent continued to question Zimmerer after he asked for an attorney.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.