Former karate coach gets 2 1/2 years

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman on Tuesday, Nov. 18, sentenced 52-year-old Thomas Donahue to two-and-a-half years in jail followed by three years of probation, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office told Boston.com.

Donahue’s sentence also bars him from contact with the victim, her family, or any children under the age of 16. He must also abide by the requirements of the state sex-offender registry, and wear a GPS tracking device while on probation, Ryan’s office said.

The Lexington man pleaded guilty to the charges in June.


June 26 Boston.com report >>


"This defendant took advantage of his authority as a coach by sexually assaulting a young student, violating the trust placed in him by the victim and her family," District Attorney Ryan said in a news release in June. "We commend the victim for coming forward to disclose what happened to her and we will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute crimes committed by offenders that target vulnerable children."


This story was published Wednesday, June 26, 2013, and updated Nov. 19.

 
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