A new trial date has been set in the case of a former physician assistant accused of sexually abusing patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth.

A new trial date has been set in the case of a former physician assistant accused of sexually abusing patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth.

The trial for Mark E. Wisner is scheduled to begin Oct. 31. The date was selected when Wisner appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court.

Wisner is charged with a felony count of aggravated criminal sodomy and three misdemeanor charges of sexual battery.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2014 while Wisner was working at the Eisenhower VA Medical Center.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial last month. But Wisner's attorney, Debra Snider, requested a continuance because she was awaiting various records.

Snider said Friday that she was working on discovery evidence issues with the prosecution. She requested a status hearing in about 30 days.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby said he wanted to set a trial date, but he could schedule a status hearing as well.

A hearing to check the status of discovery evidence was scheduled for June 24.

Sundby said he will reserve three days on his docket for the jury trial.

In February 2015, Wisner surrendered his medical license to the state Board of Healing Arts. This action was taken amid allegations Wisner had used his position at the VA hospital to commit sexual battery against patients.

Wisner left his job at the VA hospital that same month, according to a hospital spokesman.

When visiting the Eisenhower VA Medical Center earlier this month, VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said Wisner had been immediately removed from patient care when allegations surfaced, and an investigation was initiated.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed in federal court by former patients who accuse Wisner of abuse.

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