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Updated: Orange County Trial Underway for Former Softball Coach

Posted: Updated: Mar 07, 2018 05:31 PM
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The trial against a former softball coach in Orange County began with jurors hearing testimony from one of the alleged victims.

Fifty-seven-year-old Cathy S. Rothgeb appeared in Orange Circuit Court Wednesday, March 7, for the start of her multi-day trial.

Rothgeb was arrested back in October 2017 on seven counts of object sexual penetration, seven counts of forcible sodomy, eight counts of indecent liberties with children, eight counts of cruelty to children, and four counts of aggravated sexual battery. The charges stem from incidents that reportedly occurred from 1990 to 1999.

The first witness to take the stand Wednesday is one of the alleged victims. NBC29 does not report the name of alleged victims in cases of sex abuse, unless they publically come forward to identify themselves.

The woman testified that she was 9 years old when the defendant started giving her private softball lessons. However, about a month into those lessons, the woman claims Rothgeb began molesting her.

The alleged victim told the jury that the sexual abused occurred from 1990 to 1996. She said she never came forward until the other alleged victim’s mother approached her in 2000, asking if a thing ever happened to her while alone with Rothgeb.

According to the witness, Rothgeb threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

The defense argued that this woman’s testimony is false.

Virginia State Police said it launched an investigation in the summer of 2016 after a woman contacted an investigator. According to authorities, there are at least two people who claim to have played on Rothgeb's team and were minors at the time of the alleged incidents.

Rothgeb is also facing a dozen similar charges in Spotsylvania County. She has been held without bond at Central Virginia Regional Jail.

The Stanley-area woman's career as a coach extends from the 1980s to the early 2000s, including time with Orange County High School and youth recreational leagues.

Court ended for the day a little before 5 p.m. Wednesday. The jury trial is scheduled go last four days, excluding the weekend, and ending on Monday.