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Court date set for massage therapist


By Shurtz, Delon on January 11, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 53-year-old massage therapist accused of inappropriately touching a client last November is scheduled to make an appearance in court later this month.

Cyprian Mudenge was expected to attend the Case Management Office at the Lethbridge Courthouse Thursday, but instead Legal Aid lawyer Brett Carlson had the matter brought into a courtroom where it was simply adjourned to Jan. 24 at the request of the accused’s Edmonton lawyer, Maria Caffaro.

Mudenge, who was not in court Thursday, is charged with one count of sexual assault.

On Nov. 28, a 34-year-old woman came to the police station and reported she was sexually assaulted during a massage earlier in the day. The allegations involve inappropriate touching, according to a news release from the Lethbridge Police Service.

A publication ban has been ordered prohibiting the release of any information that could identify the complainant.

Police reported Mudenge had been dismissed from his job, and at the time there was no evidence suggesting there were any additional victims.

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