June 28, 2016

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Child rapist heads to prison for decade-old crimes

MEDINA — A 51-year-old convicted child rapist will spend 20 years in prison after being convicted of repeatedly assaulting a young relative more than a decade ago.

Timothy S. Zimmerer, of North Conway, N.H., had 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.

Timothy Zimmerer

Timothy Zimmerer

Before Zimmerer’s charges were reduced, he faced mandatory life in prison on charges of forcibly raping a child under age 13. The reduced charges carried 10-year prison sentences, and Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on Monday ordered Zimmerer to serve two sentences back-to-back.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he was happy the case didn’t have to go to trial.

“The victim didn’t have to testify, so she didn’t have to have the trauma of that,” Holman said. ““It’s a result that is just in this case.”

Holman said the woman, who’s now 26, is trying to put her past with Zimmerer behind her.

“She’s not going to let this event define her. She’s going to expand her life,” Holman said. “She’s working not to be limited by the horrible experiences she’s gone through.”

According to a July indictment, Zimmerer raped her between 1999 and 2002 when she was between 10 and 14 years old.

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.