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More victims come forward in abuse case

COVINGTON - Following the arrest of a Covington physical therapist last week on sexual battery charges, authorities say more victims have now come forward reporting similar experiences.

Though no additional charges have been filed against the therapist, Detective Daniel Seals, spokesman for the Covington Police Department, said the investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.

David N. Momah, 47, the owner of Abanna Health & Rehab on U.S. Highway 278, was taken into custody last Thursday afternoon based on a combination of physical evidence, witness information and interviews.

According to Seals, the first victim said Momah, her boss, touched her in an inappropriate manner at the clinic earlier in the week.

He said they now had multiple female complainants relating similar stories.

Seals said authorities have a "tremendous amount of respect" for those who have the courage to come forward in cases such as these.

"We're glad they had the strength to come forward," he said. "It's difficult to sit down and regurgitate a memory such as that."

Though he has owned several other rehab offices in other parts of the state, Seals said the Covington location is the only one they are aware of that Momah currently operates.

In addition to sexual battery, Momah, who is originally from Nigeria, has also been charged with one count of false imprisonment. He has since been released on a $3,500 bond.

Seals encourages anyone who has had a similar encounter with Momah to contact police as soon as possible.

"We would be glad to speak with anyone who has anything to say about (Momah) if they have any similar experiences to what we've heard already," he said.

The CPD can be reached at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.