The 62-year-old Cyrus man accused of molesting a close female relative denied the allegations Tuesday when he testified in his own defense.
The West Central Tribune reports Eugene “Buck” Zumhofe took the stand in his criminal sexual conduct trial Tuesday afternoon and denied any sexual involvement with the young woman, now age 29.
Under questioning by defense attorney Carter Greiner, Zumhofe denied the previous testimony by the young woman, including denying that he had sexual contact with her and denying that he engaged in any other inappropriate actions with her.
Zumhofe said that prior testimony about his calling the young woman “beautiful” was not sexual in nature. “All my daughters are beautiful,” he said.
Zumhofe faces six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having a sexual relationship with the young woman beginning when she was 15 years old. She began living with Zumhofe at that time.
He is a former professional wrestler who performed as Buck “Rock n’ Roll” Zumhofe.
The trial before District Judge David Mennis continues today in Kandiyohi County District Court.
The criminal complaint against Zumhofe alleges that he started having sex with the young woman when she was 15 years old, in June 1999. The abuse is alleged to have continued until 2011. The woman reported the abuse after seeking therapy and medical care in 2012. She alleges that there were approximately 1,800 separate acts of sexual abuse.