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Cyrus man, 62, charged with 12 counts of criminal sexual conduct

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WILLMAR -- A Cyrus man has been charged with 12 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for repeatedly having sex with a female relative between 1999 and 2011.

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Eugene Otto Zumhofe, 62, made his first appearance Tuesday morning in Kandiyohi County District Court. He faces six felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and six felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Judge Kathryn Smith set his bail at $500,000 cash or bond for unconditional release and $100,000 cash or bond for conditional release. He is being held at the Kandiyohi County Jail. His next court date is June 10.

Zumhofe is a former professional wrestler who performed as Buck "Rock n' Roll" Zumhofe in the 1980s and early 1990s.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Zumhofe started having sex with the victim when she was 15 years old, in June 1999. She had first met him in 1998. The abuse is alleged to have continued until 2011.

The woman, who is now 29, reported the abuse after seeking therapy and medical care in 2012.

The abuse began when she moved into Zumhofe's home in June 1999 in New London. The abuse began with his touching her breasts and then oral sex. Zumhofe also made her dance in front of him in bra and panties and watch pornography with him, the complaint states.

After about two weeks, the abuse progressed to intercourse two to three times a day. In later years, intercourse took place two to three times a week until the woman left in June 2011.

She alleges that approximately 1,800 separate acts of sexual abuse occurred during those years. Some took place in Kandiyohi County and some in Pope County, as Zumhofe moved to Cyrus in 2001.

The woman's mother tried to remove her from Zumhofe's presence when she was a teenager. However, he threatened to kill himself and told the victim that it would be her fault, so she stayed, according to the complaint.

Since the victim left Zumhofe, he has become violent, according to the complaint, and has threatened the woman, her husband and others. He has also threatened suicide.

According to the complaint, various witnesses were aware of aspects of the relationship while it was ongoing. Some had seen Zumhofe kissing her in public and "dirty dancing" with her at a New London-Spicer High School Dance, the complaint said. A college friend was invited to join a threesome but declined. Others allegedly knew the two shared a bed in Zumhofe's home.

Zumhofe was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 1989 in Carver County and served a 36-month prison sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater. He was also convicted of violating a domestic abuse order for protection in 1999 in Kandiyohi County.

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