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Former softball coach charged with dozens of child sex crimes

Cathy Rothgeb is 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 (Central Va. Regional Jail)

CULPEPER COUNTY, Va. (WSET) -- A former youth softball coach in Orange County has been arrested and charged with dozens of sex crimes involving children, according to police.

State Police said Cathy Rothgeb, 57, turned herself in Friday and is being held without bond at Central Virginia Regional Jail.

Rothgeb is 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.

Police said the charges stem from an investigation that began in 2016.

They said a female victim told an investigator about alleged sexual abuse while Rothgeb was a volunteer softball coach.

Rothgeb is also a former youth softball coach for Orange County High School, she's coached youth recreational leagues and travel teams in Orange County, Spotsylvania County, and throughout Virginia for decades.

Anyone with information about Rothgeb or her charges are encouraged to contact the State Police at 1-888-300-0156 or 540-829-7400 or by email to questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

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