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Former AWA star Buck Zumhofe charged with criminal sexual conduct


Former AWA wrestling star Buck "Rock 'n' Roll" Zumhofe is facing 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct after being accused of repeatedly having sex with a female relative over a 12 year period, the West Central Tribune of Willmar reports.

Zumhofe, whose real name is Eugene Otto Zumhofe, appeared for the first time in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar on Tuesday.

The 62-year-old Zumhofe is known for his professional wrestling career in the 1980s and 1990s. He was arrested and taken into custody by Kandiyohi County authorities Monday.

Zumhofe, who lives in Cyrus, faces six felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and six felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is accused of having sex with the victim between 1999 and 2011.

The criminal complaint in the case states that Zumhofe first met the female victim in 1998, and he began having sex with her in June 1999 when she was 15 years old. The alleged abuse ended in 2011, and the woman, now 29, reported it after seeking therapy and medical care in 2012.

The victim alleges that the abuse began when she moved into Zumhofe's New London home in June 1999, which progressed from fondling and oral sex to intercourse. She alleges that approximately 1,800 acts of sexual abuse occurred at the home and in other locations, including Pope County, until she left in June 2011.

According to the complaint, the woman's mother attempted to remove her from Zumhofe's residence at one point, but Zumhofe allegedly told the victim he would kill himself and it would be her fault, so she stayed. The complaint also says that after the victim left, Zumhofe has become violent, and has threatened the her, her husband, and others, and has also threatened suicide.

Kandiyohi County Judge Kathryn Smith set Zumhofe's bail at $500,000 cash or bond for unconditional release and $100,000 cash or bond for conditional release.

Zumhofe served a 36-month prison sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Carver County in 1989.

The former wrestler is currently being held at the Kandiyohi County Jail and is due in court again June 10.

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