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

4May 2021

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

Cops apprehended Parker, 61, for examination of a single count of indecent liberties by a health care professional on Thursday. He stayed in prison Monday with bail set at $250,000.

Parker, of Marysville, has held a chiropractic doctor's license considering that 2001. Public records show the state Department of Health suspended his license in late 2019, when three women reported Parker had “inappropriately” touched their breasts during check outs to his clinic from 2016 to 2018.

The ladies accused him of making inappropriate remarks and asking two patients to undress while he stayed in the space.

At the time, no criminal charges were submitted.

Early this year, Parker confessed to accusations of less than professional conduct. He signed an order Jan. 21, where he agreed to stop practicing for at least 9 months. After the suspension, he might ask to be restored with special conditions, such as keeping a female chaperone in the space at all times, and only dealing with “currently developed female clients,” rather than brand-new ones.

About a week later on, a woman's insurance company referred her to the Chiropractic Health & & Wellness Center at 127 Avenue C for a consultation with Dr. Mark Kossian, a chiropractic doctor who had actually worked with Parker.

On consumption documentation, the female noted it was her first time seeing a chiropractic physician. For the whole appointment, the woman believed she was being treated by Dr. Kossian. But it was Dr. Parker.

She only learned this when she searched for the center after the fact, due to the fact that the doctor mentioned he had been reported for his touching in the past.

According to a Snohomish detective's report submitted in court Thursday, “Parker used no description regarding why he carried out the examination in location of Dr. Kossian.” The woman recounted how the doctor began with about 10 minutes of “small talk,” then a series of “rubbing, pinching, grasping and pulling movements,” according to a detective's report.

The lady reported the physician touched her breasts several times in various positions.

At one point he made a “winding, uncomfortable” speech about how her spinal column resembled a river, and mountains guide rivers, the investigator composed.

She asked him if he was referring to her breasts.

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

He continued touching her chest in different postures, the lady reported.

“See, it wasn't bad, was it?” he apparently stated, near completion of the check out.

Parker informed the female he was thankful she understood his strategy, because he had actually been reported for unsuitable touching in the past, “which he thought was a product of the ‘Me Too' motion,” according to the detective's report.

The female asked if he was still being examined, according to the police report. Parker apparently described the pandemic had made it challenging to discover somebody to change him. As the appointment ended, Parker was “seemingly reluctant for her to leave, and repeatedly describing the reality that he ‘had' to touch her breasts.”

The lady looked up Dr. Kossian that night. Instead, she found she had been dealt with by his company partner.

The lady called police on Feb. 3.

Weeks later, on Feb. 23, 2021, the Department of Health order became public. It kept in mind Parker needed to undergo a psycho-sexual assessment before getting his license reinstated. If approved, the state would keep him on probation for 4 years, and he could deal with random audits.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that Parker deals with 6 counts of indecent liberties, a sex crime defined by state law.

At least one criminal allegation was linked to an earlier report to the state Department of Health, according to the constable's office.

Other ladies stepped forward about unsuitable contact throughout chiropractic sessions “in recent months,” the constable's office reported Monday.

“There is a problem of sexual assault versus him as recent as 4/19/2021,” Snohomish detective Stuart Gort composed in his report recently.

Investigators have not released a more particular timeline of the claims.

Gort arrested the chiropractic practitioner Thursday. In the beginning Parker reported he remembered the female from the January visit, but then said he did not, according to the investigator's report.

Parker denied particular claims, but agreed his method would have put his hands near to the woman's breasts. He “would not or might not” recall if the patient signed a waiver prior to any sexual contact, the detective wrote.

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

A quick autobiography on the center's website says Dr. Parker struggled with a back condition while working as an industrial angler in Alaska. Chiropractic treatments recovered him without any side effects, he wrote. Later on his young kid went through spinal treatments that, in Parker's opinion, treated his asthma.

“You see I took this profession to heart a lot that I needed to help others in the exact same method that it helped me that's why I ended up being a Doctor of Chiropractic,” Parker composed.

The clinic's website says Parker spent numerous hours studying “the art of manual adjustment of the soft tissues, making him genuinely distinct in his field and a valued asset to his community.”

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

Snohomish detectives state they think there may 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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