VA worker in Alabama charged with sexual abuse

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A worker at the Veterans Administration Health Center in Tuskegee is charged with sexual abuse of a mentally disabled volunteer.

Federal court records show 44-year-old Eric Allen of Auburn is being held on a charge of sexual abuse. He was arrested Friday based on an investigation by the VA. He is accused of sexually abusing a female volunteer with Down Syndrome in a restroom at the Tuskegee VA on Aug. 8.

During a court hearing Tuesday, prosecutors played a taped interview where the woman said Allen pushed her into the bathroom and began touching her. Allen’s attorney said the volunteer didn’t appear disturbed or disheveled in a surveillance video showing her leaving the restroom.

Allen is a veteran who participates in the VA’s compensated work therapy program.

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