Former wrestling star Buck Zumhofe pleads not guilty


The former AWA wrestling star Buck “Rock ‘n’ Roll” Zumhofe has pleaded not guilty to 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct,
the West Central Tribune reports.

Eugene Otto Zumhofe, 62, of Cyrus in western Minnesota, well-known for his boombox-toting wrestler persona in the 1980s and 1990s, is accused of having sexual contact with a young woman approximately 1,800 times between 1999 and 2011. The Tribune has previously reported that it was a female relative.

A 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.

Zumhofe entered the plea Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court, the Tribune reports. A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 23 to 27 in the case.

Zumhofe was previously convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 1989 and served three years in prison, CityPages noted.

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