It has been reported that 61-year-old Washington chiropractor Dr. Kenneth Parker was charged in late May 2021 with eight counts of felony sexual misconduct by a health care provider. He was arrested that same month on six counts of indecent liberties.
It is reported that three of 21 women who came forward with improper sexual contact allegations against Dr. Parker alleged that he inappropriately touched their breasts during medical exams in 2017 and 2018. The Washington Department of Health reportedly investigated and charged Dr. Parker after which he signed an order in January 2021 in which he agreed to a nine-month suspension of his license that was scheduled to begin on February 25, 2021.
The prosecutor has alleged that Dr. Parker continued to see patients at the chiropractic clinic while the suspension was pending and after it went into effect.
The Washington HeraldNet reported that according to the charges:
• One woman in her late 50s reported she saw Parker about 14 times between September 2018 and January 2019. He reportedly told her that her rib cage was out of alignment. He told her to undress and get into a gown that was too small, and he mentioned the adjustments might be “better if there were no gown to deal with.”
• A woman in her 60s returned to Dr. Parker about 24 times in late 2019. Each time he had her get face down on a table, where he would perform a technique he claimed to have learned in Canada. He would grab her chest with both hands.
• A physician who also worked in alternative medicine reported she saw Dr. Parker twice in December 2019: He made contact with her breasts for a moment during the first exam, and then for one or two minutes two days later. The woman, in her 30s, told police it “felt more like he was intentionally fondling her breast tissue,” rather than adjusting her ribs. He then touched other intimate parts of her body. She reported she spoke with other chiropractors later, and they told her Parker’s technique was bogus.
• Another woman reported similar touching at an appointment in August 2020. She spoke with her daughter, who had been seeing a different chiropractor. She talked it over with her daughter, who said a different chiropractor she’d been seeing did not touch her in that way.
• A woman in her 30s told police Parker grabbed her breasts in September 2020 “but did not appear to be performing any sort of adjustment or displaying any technique that would help her back.”
• A woman in her 60s saw Parker two or three times a year. At one appointment in November 2020, he told her the tissue in her ribcage seemed to be twisted. He warned her that he may need to touch her breasts, and afterward his entire demeanor changed from calm to “sheepish,” according to the charges. She reported he touched her breasts a second time on Jan. 4, 2021.
• A woman in her 30s called the Snohomish Police Department in February 2021, to report she had been sexually touched by Parker. She told detectives it was her first visit to a chiropractor, and she believed she’d been referred to a different doctor at the same clinic. Only later when she went home and looked up the business did she discover she’d been treated by Dr. Parker.
Dr. Parker was arrested at the chiropractic clinic on April 29, 2021, and he remains in jail after his bail was set at $250,000.
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