Snohomish chiropractor accused of sexually touching patients | – The Daily Herald

4May 2021

SNOHOMISH– Six former patients have actually accused a Snohomish chiropractor of sexual misconduct at his clinic, where investigators think Dr. Ken Parker had been practicing in spite of a suspended license, the sheriff's workplace reported Monday.

Police jailed Parker, 61, for examination of a single count of indecent liberties by a healthcare expert on Thursday. He remained in jail Monday with bail set at $250,000.

Parker, of Marysville, has actually held a chiropractor's license because 2001. Public records reveal the state Department of Health suspended his license in late 2019, when three females reported Parker had “wrongly” touched their breasts during visits to his clinic from 2016 to 2018.

The women accused him of making inappropriate comments and asking 2 patients to undress while he stayed in the space.

At the time, no criminal charges were submitted.

Early this year, Parker confessed to allegations of less than professional conduct. He signed an order Jan. 21, where he accepted stop practicing for at least nine months. After the suspension, he might ask to be restored with unique conditions, such as keeping a female chaperone in the room at all times, and just dealing with “presently established female patients,” rather than new ones.

About a week later, a female's insurance service provider referred her to the Chiropractic Health & & Wellness Center at 127 Avenue C for an appointment with Dr. Mark Kossian, a chiropractic practitioner who had worked with Parker.

On intake documents, the female noted it was her first time seeing a chiropractic specialist. For the whole appointment, the lady believed she was being treated by Dr. Kossian. But it was Dr. Parker.

She only learned this when she looked up the center after the truth, due to the fact that the physician mentioned he had actually been reported for his touching in the past.

According to a Snohomish detective's report submitted in court Thursday, “Parker provided no explanation as to why he performed the evaluation in place of Dr. Kossian.” The female recounted how the physician began with about 10 minutes of “small talk,” then a series of “rubbing, pinching, grasping and pulling motions,” according to an investigator's report.

The lady reported the doctor touched her breasts several times in numerous positions.

At one point he made a “meandering, awkward” speech about how her spinal column was like a river, and mountains guide rivers, the detective composed.

She asked him if he was referring to her breasts.

“Yes,” he said, according to the detective's report.

He continued touching her chest in various postures, the female reported.

“See, it wasn't bad, was it?” he apparently said, near the end of the visit.

Parker informed the female he was glad she comprehended his method, since he had been reported for inappropriate touching in the past, “which he thought was an item of the ‘Me Too' movement,” according to the investigator's report.

The female asked if he was still being examined, according to the cops report. Parker apparently described the pandemic had made it hard to discover somebody to replace him. As the visit ended, Parker was “relatively hesitant for her to leave, and repeatedly describing the fact that he ‘had' to touch her breasts.”

The woman looked up Dr. Kossian that night. Rather, she found she had actually been dealt with by his business partner.

The female called cops on Feb. 3.

Weeks later, on Feb. 23, 2021, the Department of Health order ended up being public. It noted Parker required to go through a psycho-sexual evaluation prior to getting his license reinstated. If authorized, the state would keep him on probation for 4 years, and he could face random audits.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that Parker faces 6 counts of indecent liberties, a sex criminal offense specified by state law.

At least one criminal claims was connected to an earlier report to the state Department of Health, according to the constable's workplace.

Other women came forward about inappropriate contact throughout chiropractic sessions “in current months,” the constable's workplace reported Monday.

“There is a complaint of sexual attack against him as current as 4/19/2021,” Snohomish investigator Stuart Gort composed in his report last week.

Detectives have actually not launched a more specific timeline of the accusations.

Gort arrested the chiropractic doctor Thursday. At first Parker reported he kept in mind the female from the January visit, but then stated he did not, according to the detective's report.

Parker rejected particular accusations, however concurred his strategy would have put his hands near the female's breasts. He “would not or could not” recall if the client signed a waiver prior to any sexual contact, the detective composed.

Judge Thomas Wynne found probable cause to hold Parker behind bars Friday.

A quick autobiography on the clinic's site says Dr. Parker suffered from a back condition while working as a business angler in Alaska. Chiropractic treatments healed him without any negative effects, he composed. Later on his young son went through back treatments that, in Parker's viewpoint, cured his asthma.

“You see I took this profession to heart so much that I needed to assist others in the same method that it assisted me that's why I became a Doctor of Chiropractic,” Parker composed.

The clinic's site states Parker spent many hours studying “the art of manual manipulation of the soft tissues, making him really unique in his field and a valued property to his neighborhood.”

A Daily Herald reporter's telephone call to Parker's clinic went to voice mail Monday.

Snohomish investigators state they think there might be other victims who have not come forward yet.

To make a report, get in touch with the Snohomish Police Department at 360-568-0888. Or call 911.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; Twitter: @snocaleb.

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