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

4May 2021

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

Authorities arrested Parker, 61, for examination of a single count of indecent liberties by a healthcare professional on Thursday. He stayed in jail Monday with bail set at $250,000.

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

The women implicated him of making inappropriate comments and asking 2 clients to undress while he stayed in the room.

At the time, no criminal charges were filed.

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 nine months. After the suspension, he could ask to be reinstated with unique conditions, such as keeping a female chaperone in the space at all times, and only dealing with “presently developed female clients,” instead of new ones.

About a week later, a female's insurance coverage company referred her to the Chiropractic Health & & Wellness Center at 127 Avenue C for a visit with Dr. Mark Kossian, a chiropractic practitioner who had actually dealt with Parker.

On consumption paperwork, the lady noted it was her first time seeing a chiropractor. For the whole consultation, the lady thought she was being treated by Dr. Kossian. However it was Dr. Parker.

She only discovered this when she searched for the center after the fact, since the physician discussed 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 description regarding why he performed the examination in location of Dr. Kossian.” The female stated how the physician began with about 10 minutes of “little talk,” then a series of “rubbing, pinching, grasping and pulling movements,” according to an investigator's report.

The woman reported the medical professional touched her breasts several times in various positions.

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

She asked him if he was describing her breasts.

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

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

“See, it wasn't bad, was it?” he reportedly said, near the end of the go to.

Parker informed the lady he was delighted she comprehended his strategy, due to the fact that he had been reported for unsuitable touching in the past, “which he thought was an item of the ‘Me Too' movement,” according to the detective's report.

The woman asked if he was still being examined, according to the authorities report. Parker apparently discussed the pandemic had actually made it difficult to find someone to replace him. As the visit ended, Parker was “seemingly reluctant for her to leave, and consistently referring to the fact that he ‘had' to touch her breasts.”

The woman searched for Dr. Kossian that night. Rather, she found she had actually been dealt with by his service 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 before getting his license restored. If authorized, the state would keep him on probation for four years, and he could deal with random audits.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office revealed Monday that Parker deals with six counts of indecent liberties, a sex criminal offense 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 workplace.

Other females came forward about unsuitable contact during chiropractic sessions “in recent months,” the constable's office reported Monday.

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

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

Gort arrested the chiropractic specialist Thursday. Initially Parker reported he remembered the female from the January appointment, however then said he did not, according to the investigator's report.

Parker rejected certain specific claims, however concurred his strategy would have put his hands near the woman's breasts. He “would not or could not” recall if the patient 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 website says Dr. Parker struggled with a back condition while working as an industrial angler in Alaska. Chiropractic treatments recovered him with no side effects, he wrote. Later his young child went through back treatments that, in Parker's opinion, treated his asthma.

“You see I took this occupation to heart a lot that I required to assist others in the same method that it assisted me that's why I became a Doctor of Chiropractic,” Parker wrote.

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

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

Snohomish detectives say they believe there might be other victims who have not step 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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