Zimmerman Molested Me for 10 Years: Witness
'Witness 9': The sex abuse began at age 6
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2012 5:00 PM CDT
In this April 20, 2012, file photo, George Zimmerman answers a question from attorney Mark O'Mara during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla.    (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool, File)
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(Newser) – A witness in the George Zimmerman trial says Trayvon Martin's killer molested her for up to 10 years starting when they were children, the Miami Herald reports. The woman, known as "witness 9" in court records, says he first fondled and penetrated her with his fingers at age 6 when she stayed with his family in Virginia. “He was bigger, and stronger and older," she said. "I was a kid. I didn’t know any better.”

The alleged acts continued at least annually on family visits until she was 16, she said, when she told her family—and her parents faced Zimmerman in a restaurant. “He sat down at the end of the booth, said, ‘I’m sorry,’ and got up and walked out,” she said. She approached prosecutors in the Zimmerman trial with her allegations, which became public today when Zimmerman's defense attorney apparently failed to stop the release in time. Witness 9 also said Zimmerman was charming and funny, but that his family disliked blacks.