By Daymond Steer
CONWAY – A local man charged by Ohio authorities with 16 counts of rape was taken into custody by Maine law enforcement after Conway police learned he was living at Lamplighter Mobile Home Park. The suspect is now back in Ohio.
In late July, an indictment filed with the Medina County Court of Common Pleas charged Timothy Zimmerer, 50, of Conway, with a total of 16 counts of rape.
"Detective (Suzanne) Scott of the Conway Police Department was assigned to assist in the investigation with the Medina County Sheriff's Office and the United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigations," said Conway Det. Sgt. Chris Mattei. "Detective Scott found that Timothy Zimmerer owned property in the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park in Conway, N.H., and was believed to be residing at that same property located at 52 Knob Hill Road. After an extensive investigation, Detective Scott was able to locate Timothy Zimmerer in Mars Hill, Maine."
Conway police asked Maine State Police for assistance, and Zimmerer was immediately taken into custody by that agency. From there, Zimmerer went to Aroostook County Jail where he was held until Aug. 16 when he was extradited to Ohio. Zimmerer faces life in prison on each count.
Detective Samo Mernik, of Medina County Sheriff's Office, said Zimmerer faces nine counts of rape of a child under 13 and seven counts of rape. These crimes are alleged to have occurred against one victim between 1999 and 2002. The alleged victim recently came forward. Mernik says he's covered cases where other victims have waited even longer. The statute of limitations is 20 years in Ohio.
"This is absolutely not unusual," said Mernick.
Zimmerer came to New England about 10 years ago for work-related reasons. Zimmerer first came to Lovell, Maine before moving to Conway, said Mernik.
Zimmerer was working in the field of sales and distribution of MRI and radiological equipment, according to Conway police.
Earlier this month, Conway Police Lt. Chris Perley said his law enforcement agency didn't have any other criminal complaints against Zimmerer or his residence. However, he got a speeding ticket in 2009. Conway police cooperated with Medina County Sheriff's Office and the FBI. A search warrant on Zimmerer's home was executed.
Reporter Tom Eastman contributed to this story.