Mesa doctor pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Mesa doctor accused of inappropriately touching two female patients during medical exams has pleaded not guilty.
 
Maricopa County prosecutors say Dr. Manuel Abrante entered his plea Monday. His next court date is on Oct. 28.
 
The 56-year-old Abrante is being held on suspicion of two counts of sexual abuse.
 
A 45-year-old woman told Mesa police that Abrante inappropriately touched her during a medical exam on Aug. 22.
 
Investigators arrested Abrante days later after discovering a similar complaint against him in 2006.
 
Court records show that case also involved a 45-year-old woman, who didn't seek prosecution against Abrante until now.