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January 19, 2014

Second trial for trooper starts Jan. 22

PLATTSBURGH — Jury selection for New York State Police Trooper Trevor J. Donah’s next trial — this time for alleged rape and other charges — is set to begin Wednesday.

It follows one that, in November 2013, found the Plattsburgh man not guilty of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault, all felonies.

A former girlfriend had accused him of those crimes, based on an incident she said happened on a September night in 2008.

Franklin County Assistant District Attorneys Elizabeth Crawford and Glenn McNeil acted as special prosecutors in the first trial.

The jury deliberated for about 40 minutes before reaching the not guilty verdict.

Donah, 33, is expected to stand a third trial, also on charges of first-degree rape and other felony charges. Each trial involves a different alleged victim, all women.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne previously said all the alleged crimes occurred when Donah was off duty.

SEVEN CHARGES

Jury selection for the second trial is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to Clinton County Court.

This time, Donah faces two felony charges, first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse, along with five misdemeanors: two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

According to the indictment, the alleged crimes happened between the dates of June 2011 and September 2012.

ON PAID LEAVE

Donah, a trooper for five years assigned to the Plattsburgh barracks, was arrested by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Feb. 5, 2013, and was initially charged with two counts of first-degree rape involving two women.

He was indicted on a total of 13 counts a few days later, with charges involving all three women.

Donah was suspended without pay until early March 2013, when he was placed on paid leave.

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