June 21, 2018
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‘Witness 9’ says George Zimmerman molested her for years

By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — A woman told authorities that when she was a little girl, murder suspect George Zimmerman sexually molested her for a decade, according to prosecution records released Monday.

The woman, identified only as “witness 9,” said the abuse started when she was 6 and ended when she was 16.

That bombshell is part of a new set of evidence just released by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey.

On Monday, Corey released witness 9’s statement plus 120 recorded jail phone calls made by Zimmerman when he was in the Seminole County Jail.

In a statement released several weeks ago, witness 9 told Sanford police that Zimmerman does not like blacks. In the audio-recorded interview released Monday, she reiterated that but without providing specifics.

Witness 9 told prosecutors the molestation began when her parents were moving to another state and she and her sister were sent to stay with Zimmerman’s family in Virginia.

“We would all lay in front of the TV” to watch movies, she said, “and he would reach under the blankets and try to do things. … I would try to push him off, but he was bigger and stronger and older,” she said.

He touched her improperly, she said, and at least once, when she was 12, forced her to touch him.

She and her parents eventually confronted Zimmerman at an Orlando-area restaurant, she said. Zimmerman said he was sorry and left, she said.

The 28-year-old Zimmerman is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder. He killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, Feb. 26. Zimmerman says he killed Trayvon in self-defense after the teenager attacked him. Prosecutors say Zimmerman assumed Trayvon was about to commit a crime, followed him then murdered him.

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