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April 30, 2014

Donah takes plea deal; will not face May trial

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“And once the cases were severed (in court), it made it very difficult to explain each victim in a vacuum.”

Donah, Champagne said, used his law-enforcement knowledge to bend his victims to his will.

In one instance, he justified choking one of the women — when she said she’d call police — by telling her he had the right to use force if his personal property was threatened.

She had told him she would throw his computer out the window, the DA said.

‘ON AN ISLAND’

And, Champagne said, “there was almost a systematic stripping of each of the victim’s social network so they could only run to other troopers, troopers’ wives ...

“(The victims) were on an island, so to speak, and he was in charge.

“I give them tremendous credit for coming forward and subjecting themselves to the system.”

“I can’t praise the three women enough for being brave enough to come forward,” Crawford said.

The resolution of the third case was not the perfect ending, Champagne said.

“But is there accountability? Yes,” he said. “Can our victims hold their heads high? Yes.

“They stood up to someone they feared and signaled (in court), ‘I fear you no more.’”

Donah is incarcerated at Clinton County Jail.

Email Suzanne Moore:smoore@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @editorSuzanne

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