Update: 2nd Alleged Victim Testifies Against Former Coach in Orange Co.

Posted: Updated: Mar 08, 2018 04:44 PM

The second day of trial in Orange County against former softball coach Cathy S. Rothgeb has concluded for the day.

Jurors in Orange Circuit Court have so far heard testimony from 17 people, including the alleged victims.

Fifty-seven-year-old Rothgeb is facing 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.

NBC29 does not report the name of alleged victims in cases of sex abuse, unless they publicly come forward to identify themselves. The alleged victims will be referred to in this article as “Jane Doe 1” and “Jane Doe 2”.

Jane Doe 1 was the only witnessed called to the stand during the fist day of the trial Wednesday, March 7. She told jurors that Rothgeb began sexually molesting her when she was 9 years old.

Jane Doe 2 took the stand Thursday, March 8, claiming Rothgeb had sexual encounters with her when she still a minor. She testified that her relationship with the former coach started when she was 15 years old, and ended about 4 years later. Jane Doe 2 said that she thought the relationship was normal, and didn't recognize it to be abuse until years later.

Defense attorney Lloyd Snook argued Rothgeb’s relationship with Jane Doe 2 began when she was 18 years old, and that both women are former girlfriends of Rothgeb’s son. Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney Diana O'Connell countered, saying that was the cover story for why the two women were going to Rothgeb's house.

Jane Doe 2 said she and Rothgeb had stayed in touch, but that she confronted the former coach around 3 years ago. She said that she told Rothgeb that she wanted to cut off contact at the request of her therapist. Jane Doe 2, who has worked as a teacher, claimed Rothgeb told her not to tell anyone, which she agreed. However, she changed her mind 2 years ago when a student came forward with allegations of abuse. Jane Doe 2 said she felt it was hypocritical if she didn't come forward with her own encounters.

Snook claimed Jane Doe 2 paid Jane Doe 1 to make incorrect statements. The defense also told jurors of that Jane Doe 1 had previously been charged with fraud in 2015, and embezzlement in 2003.

The court heard testimony from Sheriff Mark Amos. The Orange County Sheriff's Office began investigating in 2000 when Jane Doe 2’s mother came forward. In April of that year, Rothgeb willingly went to the sheriff's office to offer her statement. At the time, the two women were not willing to cooperate with law enforcement.

Jane Doe 2’s mom told jurors that she had gone to the school twice about strange behavior: The first time she didn’t feel concerned, but the second time caused her go to the sheriff’s office. The mother said Jane Doe 2 did not want to participate in the 2000 investigation.

The mother also claimed that she found Jane Doe 2 and Rothgeb laying on the floor together. That incident, she said, was in 1998 when her daughter was 17.

Other people to take the stand Thursday included teachers, former softball team members, and former coaches. They all testified that Rothgeb was always with Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. One of those teachers said the defendant told her that Jane Doe 2 had slept in her bed before.

O'Connell is expected to call three more witnesses Friday, March 9, and then Snook will begin presenting the defense's case.

The jury trial is scheduled to last a total of four days - excluding the weekend - ending on Monday, March 12.

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