Prosecution Alleges Kaysville Chiropractors Sexually Abused 2 Sufferers | Information, sports activities, jobs
FARMINGTON – A Kaysville chiropractor accused of sexually abusing two patients has been charged with ten felony charges and police are investigating the allegations of four other women, according to court documents.
Kenneth W. Pierce, 55, of Right Now! Chiropractic in Kaysville was arrested after a woman reported she was sexually assaulted in the shop on the evening of September 17. He was booked into the Davis County Jail in Farmington.
On September 22, the Davis County Attorney’s Office charged Pierce with first degree assault and nine cases of forced second degree sexual abuse. The charges relate to the September 17th incident and a similar episode reported by another woman that occurred on July 17th.
In both cases, the women reported that Pierce had asked the patient to come after work for a two-hour deep tissue massage. They said no one else was there and Pierce locked the door. The prosecution alleges that Pierce touched her genitals during the massages and one woman said he aggressively massaged her breasts and pressed his groin onto her hand.
The loading documents state that Kaysville police are investigating four other cases of women accusing Pierce of similar acts.
“The number of victims and potential victims shows the defendant’s predatory sexual behavior and the danger to the community he represents,” Davis County Assistant Attorney Blithe Cravens said in a motion for Pierce to be detained without bail. She wrote that Pierce “used his position as a chiropractor to gain the victims’ trust” and “used the trust he curated to lure victims into his office after hours” so he could be alone with them .
The motion states that Pierce should remain behind bars until the trial because he, argued Cravens, poses a threat to the alleged victims and the community and poses a risk of escape if he gets out.
When he appeared before District 2 Judge Michael Edwards on September 24, Pierce’s court-appointed attorney waived a preliminary hearing and Edwards tied him up for trial. Pierce’s next appearance in court is scheduled for Monday, when the matter of further detention comes up.
Mark Arrington, Pierce’s court-appointed attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.
The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing records show that Pierce has been a licensed chiropractor since 2010. The agency announced Thursday that it will hold an emergency closed session with a licensed chiropractor on Tuesday. DOPL spokesman Zach Whitney said the chiropractor’s name will not be released as the review board intends to close the meeting. However, should disciplinary action be taken, the results will be released afterward, Whitney said.
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