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Ex-employee denies sexual abuse

A jury trial date has been set for next spring for a former Rochester senior housing employee after he pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse allegations involving two elderly residents.

The jury trial for Thewodros Asfaw Mamo, 34, is scheduled for May 16 in Olmsted County District Court.

Mamo, an employee at Madonna Meadows for four years, was charged in June with two counts of criminal sexual abuse by a caregiver to a vulnerable adult. Both are gross misdemeanors.

The alleged abuse happened in 2010. One victim was in her 60s, and the other was in her 80s, according to the complaint.

Mamo was terminated at Madonna Meadows after an internal investigation was completed, an administrator at the complex said shortly after the charges were filed.

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