- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Mesa doctor who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse after being accused of inappropriately touching two female patients during medical exams has been sentenced to 15 years on probation.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Judge Alfred Fenzel on Friday also sentenced Manuel Abrante to 12 months deferred jail time under a plea agreement with prosecutors. The 57-year-old also must register as a sex offender.

A 45-year-old woman told Mesa police that Abrante inappropriately touched her during a 2014 medical exam in August 2014.

Investigators arrested Abrante days later after discovering a similar complaint against him dating from 2006.

The Arizona Medical Board’s website says Abrante surrendered his license.

He pleaded guilty in October to two counts of sexual abuse.

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