Ther­a­pist charged with sex­ual bat­tery

Momah also ac­cused of false im­pris­on­ment

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

More pos­si­ble vic­tims and wit­nesses have come for­ward re­gard­ing a Cov­ing­ton phys­i­cal ther­a­pist who was ar­rested af­ter al­legedly in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing a fe­male em­ployee, ac­cord­ing to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment.

David Momah, 47, of Lo­ganville was ar­rested at his clinic and charged with sex­ual bat­tery and false im­pris­on­ment on Feb. 7.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the in­ci­dent oc­curred at Ab­banna Health and Re­hab Ser­vices, a phys­i­cal ther­apy pain man­age­ment out­pa­tient clinic owned by Momah since 2006 that em­ployed about four peo­ple, on Feb. 4. The fe­male em­ployee re­ported the in­ci­dent to po­lice later that evening.

“We feel like we have a good case,” said Lt. Wen­dell Wagstaff, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment. “She did have some ev­i­dence that would point to some kind of as­sault.”

The 19-year-old vic­tim had been em­ployed at Ab­banna for about three weeks and was in train­ing to be­come a phys­i­cal ther­apy aide, ac­cord­ing to Momah. He claimed he had not been alone with her that day.

Momah said she was about to be fired for not hav­ing pro­duced doc­u­ments prov­ing she had her high school diploma.

“She came here to lie to me to get a job. She couldn’t main­tain the job be­cause she couldn’t qual­ify it,” he said. “It’s sad, to abuse some­body to de­stroy their rep­u­ta­tion.”

Momah bonded out af­ter be­ing ar­rested and in­ter­viewed by po­lice and is cur­rently see­ing pa­tients at the Ab­banna clinic.

He said he’s li­censed to prac­tice phys­i­cal ther­apy in Ge­or­gia and re­ceived his med­i­cal de­gree from the Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional School of Medicine in Guyana, South Amer­ica. He pre­vi­ously had a clinic in New York for phys­i­cal ther­apy and pain man­age­ment from 1995 to 2005.

Po­lice de­part­ment spokes- per­son Det. Daniel Seals said since the ar­rest, mul­ti­ple peo­ple had come for­ward as ad­di­tional wit­nesses and vic­tims. He said they were not as­so­ciates of the first vic­tim.

“We are cur­rently in­ter­view­ing the wit­nesses. We’d be very will­ing to in­ter­view any more that would have in­for­ma­tion,” he said. “It takes a lot of strength for any vic­tim to come forth to tell about crimes such as th­ese. We ap­plaud them for do­ing so.”

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment at 770-7867605.


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