TRENTON, N.J.– New Jersey lawmakers are outraged after a male who is a founded guilty sex offender in the state of Florida had his license to practice as a chiropractic specialist in the Garden State renewed.
Bryan Bajakian, who practiced out of Mahwah, had his license restored recently by the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Bajakian is a signed up sex offender in both New Jersey and Florida, having actually spent two stints in jail for several counts of drawing or luring a child along with illegal possession of a firearm. He was released from a New Jersey correctional facility on Feb. 9, 2017 and is on life time parole and is not permitted to see patients under the age of 18 without supervision.
New Jersey's Attorney General Gurbir Grewal was dissatisfied by the decision.
“The Attorney General's Office is dedicated to rooting out sexual misconduct in all its forms, and has constantly called on the state's expert licensing boards to take seriously their responsibility to protect members of the public from sexual misbehavior by licensees,” an office of the chief law officer representative told PIX11 News in a declaration. “In light of the egregious facts of this case, we are disappointed that the Board of Chiropractic Examiners has enabled Bryan Bajakian to resume practice, and are examining the board's decision.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was questioned about the problem during his Friday coronavirus instruction and concurred with Grewal.
“The attorney general of the United States is totally right on this,” Murphy stated. “It is undesirable and the folks who voted to reinstate this guy must hear this loud and clear. We will be looking really carefully and very soon at the makeup of that board.”
New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Loretta Weinberg, 2 of the state's most powerful Democrat lawmakers, introduced an expense to prohibit authorized sex offenders from working as chiropractic doctors in New Jersey in reaction to the board's choice. The costs would also eliminate the current board members; Sweeney and Weinberg stated the board is controlled by chiropractors and they ‘d like to reconstitute it to include more public representation.
“This board has plainly forgotten its obligation to safeguard the health and safety of individuals of New Jersey,” said Sen. Sweeney. “Giving a convicted sex transgressor the approved consent to go back to the practice is reckless and illogical. Bryan Bajakian is a predator who should be rejected the opportunity to threaten anyone again.”
“The concept that the state board representing practicing chiropractors could vote unanimously to restore the license of a founded guilty sex wrongdoer is a horrific and harmful move that defies all logic, and is a slap in the face to people all over who have actually faced the trauma of sexual misconduct,” added Sen. Weinberg. “By reinstating the chiropractic license of Bryan Bajakian, the board has actually put others, consisting of the most vulnerable, in harm's way.”
Bajakian's legal representative, Douglas Anton, has yet to respond to PIX11 News' request for remark but posted to Instagram on Thursday relating to the case, calling the decision to restore Bajakian “a terrific day for truth and justice to dominate. So pleased with the ‘LAW' today.”
There's bipartisan arrangement that Bajakian ought to not have actually been restored in Trenton, as Sen. Joe Vitale, chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and Sen. Robert Singer, the ranking Republican member of the committee, released a joint declaration condemning Bajakian's reinstatement.
“This is a decision that defies sound judgment and overlooks the security of the public the board is accountable for securing,” they said. “Anyone who thinks it's a great idea to renew the license of a convicted sex transgressor who took advantage of kids can't be trusted to exercise their oversight duties, or to even to observe their own mission declaration directing the board to ‘safeguard the health, security and well-being of the people of New Jersey. Bryan Bajakian is a predator who needs to not be placed in a position of trust with clients in health care settings that make them vulnerable, particularly children.”
Vitale and Singer stated reorganizing the board, as Sweeney and Weinberg's expense would do, is under consideration.
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