Update: Jury Finds Rothgeb Guilty on 30 Charges
Jurors are returning 30 guilty verdicts in case against 57-year-old Cathy S. Rothgeb.
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Jurors have returned 30 guilty verdicts in the case against 57-year-old Cathy S. Rothgeb.
The Orange Circuit Court jury deliberated for a little more than three hours on Monday, March 12, coming back with its decisions shortly before 5 p.m.
Rothgeb was found guilty on all but four charges in connection to sexual incidents involving two former players she had coached between 1990 and 1999, with both victims being minors at the time. The charges that came back not guilty, the victim was 16 years old at the time and the jury believed that that was a reasonable age to consent.
The jury has recommended a sentence of 184 years, which means at her sentencing on May 21 this is the maximum number of years she could receive.
The defense made a motion to overrule the verdict, but it was denied.
Rothgeb was charged with 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.
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 has testified Rothgeb began sexually molesting her when she was 9 years old. Jane Doe 2 claims she and the defendant had a years-long sexual relationship that began when she was 15.
During the first day of trial Wednesday, March 7, Jane Doe 1 said the molestations began about a month after Rothgeb started giving her private softball lessons. The alleged victim told the jury that the abuse went on for about six years, ending in 1996. She said she came forward after the mother of Jane Doe 2 approached her in 2000, asking if a thing ever happened to her while alone with Rothgeb.
Jane Doe 2 was called to the stand Thursday, March 8, and recalled how she thought her relationship with Rothgeb was normal, and didn't recognize it to be abuse until years later. Jurors heard how the Orange County Sheriff's Office was prepared to look into the matter in 2000, but Jane Doe 2 did not want to participate in the investigation.
Defense attorney Lloyd Snook has attempted to portray Jane Doe 1’s story of being molested as inconsistent: Several defense witnesses have stated that she was never left alone with Rothgeb.
The defense has also argued that Jane Doe 2's relationship began when she was the legal age of 18.
The jury briefly came out of deliberations to ask for clarity over the issue of minors and consent.
Monday was the final day of Rothgeb's four-day jury trial. She still faces a dozen similar charges in Spotsylvania County.