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A young Zimmerman implicated in alleged molestation of relative

George Zimmerman, 28, was arrested April 11 for the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office) George Zimmerman, 28, was arrested April 11 for the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

SANFORD, FL (RNN) - A woman apparently related to the neighborhood watch captain who admitted to shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin told police she was molested by him multiple times as a child.

The startling accusations come from "witness 9," who said George Zimmerman touched her inappropriately "when we got together for family gatherings."

"It started when I was 6, he's almost about two years older than I am," witness 9 said in an interview released by the prosecution. "He would put his hands under my pants, under my underwear."

She told police the abuse ended when she was 16 years old and mentioned another alleged victim, but would not give the other victim's name.

"He would put his hands down my shirt and just rub and grab my chest," witness 9 said.

In a tearful March 20 interview with Sanford police, the witness said the incidents occurred at Zimmerman's parents' house and a house in Lake Mary.

In the last incident, Zimmerman allegedly invited witness 9 to the Lake Mary house, where he was living after high school.

"I wanted to run, but I didn't," the witness said. "I wanted it to stop, but I didn't know how to make it stop."

Zimmerman insisted the witness lay down for a massage, but once she felt him become aroused she bolted from the house.

He chased her to the door, but did not follow her outside.

"Everyone loved him and he made everyone happy," she said. "I knew that if I said anything he would just deny it."

The witness told police she had forced herself to forget as many and as much of the incidents as possible, purging some family memories in the process.

"There's things that my family talks about that sound so awesome, but I don't remember them," she said tearfully. "It sounds like they're talking about somebody else."

The witness also told police Zimmerman was known to be prejudiced against African Americans.

She said she had never seen Zimmerman act on his bias, but she knew his family didn't "like black people if they don't act like white people. They like black people if they act white."

Growing up, the witness said Zimmerman's mother, father and siblings were all known to disapprove of African American people.

She recalled one incident after President Barack Obama was elected when Zimmerman's mother proclaimed she didn't like Obama because he is African American. She told the witness that she was a racist, "Just loud and proud."

The revelations are part of a batch of evidence released Monday by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey.

The release includes more than 120 calls made by Zimmerman while he was in police custody, as well as the statement of witness 9.

Corey released more than 200 pages of evidence last week, including transcripts of FBI interviews with Sanford police officers, Zimmerman's ex-girlfriend, his neighbor, co-workers, witnesses and the employees at the gun shop where Zimmerman bought the firearm that he used to kill Martin.

On Friday, attorneys for Zimmerman requested the court replace Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. as the trial judge after he wrote a condescending order to set Zimmerman's bond on July 5.

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Martin.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Defense attorneys said they don't expect the case to go in front of a jury until 2013.

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