December 9, 2008

Trial begins in sex abuse case against Patrick Donohoo

December 9, 2008

By Raul Hernandez, Ventura County Star

A 60-year-old man accused of sexually abusing three girls for more than a decade is on trial in Ventura County Superior Court. Patrick Donohoo, who has lived in Camarillo, Ventura and Santa Paula, has pleaded not guilty to 27 counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse.

"The evidence is going to show that Mr. Donohoo likes to molest little girls and he has been doing that for years and years," Senior Deputy District Attorney Gilbert Romero said, during opening statements in the trial Monday.

According to the prosecutor, the child molestations took place from 1995 to 2006, and the girls' ages ranged from 5 to 13 years. Romero said one victim was 4 or 5 years old when the molestation began.

Romero plans to put on testimony from other victims to show a pattern of sexual abuse of children. In an interview, he said prosecutors didn't file criminal charges against Donohoo for allegedly molesting the other victims because the alleged actions happened outside Ventura County or the statute of limitations has run out.

Donohoo's lawyer, Charles Cassy, reserved the legal right to make opening statements at a later time.

A 15-year-old testified Monday that Donohoo first molested her when she was in grade school when she spent the night with her cousin. She said he showed her pornographic movies. The molestation also took place at an apartment in Ventura, she said. She is scheduled to continue her testimony today.

1 comment:

Pat said...

My Name is Patrick Donahoo and live in Las Vegas. I want it to be clear that this article is not me. I believe there is a hospital in Camarillo that can take care of this sick man if in fact he is guilty.