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Paralegal Travis Padgett Convicted of Doping and Raping Minors

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YAKIMA, WA. -- It took a jury less than a day to find Travis Padgett guilty of third degree rape and giving drugs to a minor Friday.

Padget looks to be behind bars for a long time. It didn't take the jury long, just one day to find him guilty on thirteen different charges including Third Degree Rape of a minor and giving drugs to a minor.

A relative of one of the victims who did not want to show her face or reveal her identity, says that while justice may have been served, the victims may never recover.

"He took things from the victims, from the families that can never be gotten back," 'Sara' said. "And I don't think he'll ever realize what he has done."

She says Padgett has been involved in criminal activity for some time.

"Throughout the years he does have a criminal record and he's always one way or another been able to get out of it and today he didn't," 'Sara' said.

Charges were first brought against Padgett after police officers and school counselors worked together to gather evidence. Prosecutor Patti Powers says this is an instance in which the system worked.

"Everyone involved in this case did everything that was possible to address those kinds of issues that were presented." Powers said. "Our hope is that we can protect children and prevent these crimes from occurring."

'Sara' hopes the victims can find some peace to continue the rest of their lives.

"I hope that they find some peace with this, I hope them testifying, them being able to see him and finally being able to say it out loud will give them comfort and will give them peace."

Padgett's trial lasted two weeks. He will be sentenced on December 2nd.

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