Ex-Ohio coach sentenced in child sexual abuse case

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former girls softball coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage neighbor has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Thomas Zimpfer was convicted on charges of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. His lawyer says he plans to appeal and file a post-conviction petition to have additional information brought before the court. Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan says the jury was denied an opportunity to hear all the facts.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says the victim — now an adult — initiated the investigation against the 44-year-old Zimpfer in 2012. Heck says the relationship began in 2004, when she was 13, and lasted five years.

Zimpfer never coached the girl, though he previously coached third- and fourth-grade girls softball in New Lebanon, near Dayton.

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