A criminal complaint was entered in Rowan District Court Monday alleging that Dr. James K. Hanlon, 61, inappropriately touched a female patient under his care as a chiropractor.
The alleged victim, a patient of Hanlon’s for 15 years, stated that he touched her body on April 6 in areas not appropriate for chiropractic care at his office on East First Street.
The complaint also stated that Hanlon had sent the woman a text after the incident to apologize.
Dr. Karalee Oldenkamp is executive director of the Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners (KBCE), the agency responsible for licensing and regulation of chiropractors.
She told The Morehead News Monday that KBCE would perform its own investigation into the matter for which they had not yet received a patient complaint.
“The board can initiate an investigation based on a criminal complaint,” she said. “We do not have to have a complaint directly from an individual.”
Oldenkamp said the board could not suspend any chiropractic license without a KBCE board hearing.
“The licensee has 20 days to respond. We investigate the complaint and examine the court’s findings as well. The board hears the case and a decision will be made in regard to any license suspension,” she said.
“The KBCE is very pro-active in regard to its cases. We hold a hearing regardless of the court’s decision.”
According to KBCE records, Hanlon is a 1978 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has been licensed in Kentucky since 1979.
The KBCE said Hanlon had two violations in 1992 for improper advertising and a late license renewal. No other violations were listed.
Sexual abuse third degree is a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted, Hanlon could face 90 days in jail and a $250 fine.
He is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday, May 2.
His attorney, Ben Shields of Mt. Sterling, had no comment when contacted late Monday by the newspaper.
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