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January 30, 2014

Donah's ex-girlfriend describes alleged rape, abuse

Woman recounts alleged incidents with state trooper

PLATTSBURGH — In Clinton County Court Wednesday, State Police Trooper Trevor J. Donah’s ex-girlfriend said he raped her on the couch of his apartment about three months after they broke up.

Earlier that day in September 2012, the woman had arranged a time with Donah to return a painting she had given to him as a birthday gift.

She was seeing another man, she said, and wanted to tell Donah about it personally.

“When Trevor and I broke up, I still cared about him,” she said at one point, answering a question from special prosecutor Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crawford. “(But) I was trying to move on.”


The two were chatting in the kitchen when Donah kissed her, she testified.

“I was so shocked, so I stopped him.”

But, she said, Donah starting kissing her again.

“He told me he couldn’t stop his feelings for me, that he just couldn’t pull away.”

Donah wasn’t forceful with her, at first, she said, and he asked her if he could perform oral sex on her, but after she said no several times, he picked her up and carried her into the bedroom.

She said she tried to stop him, flipping her hands into the doorway.


Donah put her on the bed and pulled down her underwear, she testified.

The woman, who is not being identified by the Press-Republican because of the sexual nature of the charges, then got off the bed and started for the door.

Before she was able to leave, she said, Donah came up behind her, naked.

He picked her up, put her on the couch, pulled her underwear off and put his penis inside her, she said.

She told him to stop and got off the couch, again trying to leave the apartment.

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