February 12, 2013

Trooper indicted on more rape charges


---- — PLATTSBURGH — A State Police trooper has been indicted on 13 charges, including first-degree rape and first-degree attempted rape, involving three women.

Trevor J. Donah, 32, a five-year veteran of the State Police, was arraigned before Clinton County Judge Patrick McGill and sent to Clinton County Jail.

The indictment stems from incidents that allegedly occurred between 2008 and 2012, according to court records.

Donah was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree attempted rape, three counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree assault.

Donah was arrested on Feb. 5 and initially charged with two counts of first-degree rape involving two women.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne told the Press-Republican last week that the incidents involved adult women whom Donah knew and that they occurred when he was off-duty.

Champagne was assigned to the case as a special prosecutor because of a conflict of interest in the case with the office of Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.

Donah is a trooper assigned to the Plattsburgh State Police barracks. He has been suspended without pay.

The additional charges in the indictment, handed up Friday, have been levied since his arrest.

After Monday’s arraignment, Donah was sent to Clinton County Jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. As of late Monday afternoon, Donah was still in jail, according to Sheriff David Favro.

Orders of protection were issued for the three alleged victims.

Donah is due back in court on March 25.

His attorney, Brian P. Barrett of Lake Placid, declined to comment on the case.

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