Trooper indicted on rape, attempted rape charges

A Clinton County grand jury has handed up a 13-count indictment against a Plattsburgh-based state trooper, charging him with forcibly raping or attempting to rape three women over a span of four years.

Trevor J. Donah, 32, of Plattsburgh, was initially arrested on Feb. 5 and charged with two counts of first-degree rape. Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne, who’s acting as special prosecutor in the case, said at the time that the charges stemmed from the rape of two adult women: one in 2012 and one in 2010. He said the alleged rapes didn’t occur while Donah was on duty and were not related to his job as a trooper.

The indictment spells out a much longer list of charges against Donah involving three women, all of whom are referred to in a press release from Champagne’s office by the name “Jane Doe.”

Donah was indicted for first-degree rape and first-degree unlawful imprisonment for the alleged rape of Jane Doe No. 1 in 2010. He also faces another count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment for an incident involving Jane Doe No. 1 in 2008.

Donah was indicted on counts of third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation for a 2011 incident involving Jane Doe No. 2. For incidents involving the same woman last year, Donah was indicted on counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

The charges involving the third Jane Doe stem from 2008. Donah was indicted on counts of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault.

Donah was arraigned on the charges Monday in Plattsburgh City Court.

“He pled not guilty, and he should be presumed innocent of the charges,” Donah’s attorney, Brian Barrett of Lake Placid, said Monday night. “He’s looking forward to his day in court, and we’re hoping to have this case resolved by a judge and jury, not in the court of public opinion.”

Donah was ordered held in the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. Should he make bail or bond, he’ll have to submit to GPS monitoring.

Champagne and Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crawford will be handling the prosecution. In a press release, Champagne said his office is ready for trial.

In the meantime, the DA also said state police are continuing their investigation, and anyone with information relevant to the case is asked to call Ray Brook-based state police at 518-897-2000.