- Associated Press - Saturday, August 23, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled a worker at the Veterans Administration Health Center in Tuskegee will be held without bond until his trial on charges alleging sexual abuse of a mentally disabled volunteer.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/1pqqBEm ) U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody made the decision after hearing testimony from investigators.

The worker, 44-year-old Eric Allen of Auburn, is facing two counts of sexual abuse related to incidents that happened on Aug. 5 and Aug. 8 involving a female volunteer with Down Syndrome. A defense attorney says Allen suffered from a stroke that has caused mental health issues and cognitive delays.

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

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