LAFAYETTE – Lafayette-born chiropractor and native Rensselaer Dr. James Pucka faces sexual harassment charges by a number of patients.
According to documents recently released by the Indiana Attorney General, five of Pucka’s patients treated at Pucka’s store, The Spine Worx in Lafayette, accuse him of molesting them under his care. The patients in the documents are listed as Patients A through E under “Facts in support of a clear and imminent threat.”
Patient One accused Pucka of telling her in front of other patients and staff that “one of them would be naked by the end of the appointment,” adding that he would not be.
Pucka was also accused of looping his fingers under the patient’s bra straps. She reportedly commented on her breasts saying, “They were the cause of her back pain.”
Patient B reported that Pucka also told her in front of other patients and staff that one of them would be naked at the end of the appointment and he would not be. He also told her that the back pain was caused by the size of her breasts.
During another appointment, the patient said that Pucka asked how she could get pregnant because she was so tense. Patient B added that during an appointment, Pucka put his body between her legs and “pressed his groin against patient B’s groin”. When the patient asked if Pucka was finished with treatment, he allegedly responded by asking the patient if she heard him unzip.
Patient C said she saw Pucka at The Spine Worx during her pregnancy. She claims that Pucka touched her in an area that was sore and asked how the patient’s husband made her pregnant “if (she) could not be touched there”.
Another patient, Patient D in the documents, is a former employee of The Spine Worx. She also alleged Pucka told other patients and staff to undress and later commented on the size of her breasts. She added that Pucka told her “she was hot” and asked “to let him put his hands on her”.
In Patient E’s report, she said Pucka showed her a picture of a person tied and handcuffed while she suggested the position as a possible treatment.
The same patient also said that Pucka had told her that possible treatment could include entering into “sexual positions” involving the patient’s “boy toy” for at least 12 minutes. He added that if her “boy toys” couldn’t last that long, he could help her and pointed to his crotch.
Based on these allegations, the Attorney General is requesting an emergency hearing to determine whether Pucka’s licensed chiropractor in Indiana can be suspended for “no more than 90 days.” Attorney General officials believe Pucka “poses a clear and imminent threat if allowed to continue the practice.”
The decision on whether or not to suspend Pucka’s license rests with the Indiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, which is expected to meet in July. The attorney general’s office filed a motion to hold a hearing where the parties involved can present evidence and arguments ahead of the July board meeting.
Pucka has been a licensed chiropractor in the state of Indiana since 1991. He ran a shop in the old town in his hometown of Rensselaer before moving his family to Lafayette to open a practice there.