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Assault convict drops bid to keep working as personal trainer

A former Clarence fitness club operator withdrew his request that he be allowed to keep working as a personal trainer while he serves five years probation for an assault conviction.

Donald A. Alessi Jr., 45, was arrested in June 2013 and charged with second-degree assault and facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance. In March, he pleaded guilty to the assault charge, a Class D felony, and admitted that he put GHB, known as a “date-rape drug,” into an energy drink that he gave to a college intern working at his family’s Clarence fitness center in 2012.

When Alessi was sentenced in June by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth E. Case, a condition of his probation was that he not work in the fitness industry. In August, he went back to court asking that the condition be removed, so he could work as a personal trainer.

Case said Friday that, rather than have the court make a ruling on the issue so soon after his initial sentencing, Alessi withdrew his request.