Ex-Medford chiropractor pleads guilty to kidnapping, other charges

Robert Tallman made the plea in Hillsboro on Wednesday

A former Medford chiropractor who was sued for sexually abusing a woman during treatment in 2010 pleaded guilty Wednesday in Hillsboro to kidnapping and other felony charges in what one local attorney has called an escalating pattern of aggression toward women.

Robert Tallman was working at the Northside Chiropractic Clinic on North Riverside Avenue in 2010 when he molested a local woman, who sued and was awarded $750,000 in August.

On Wednesday, Tallman pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon against another and menacing in Washington County Circuit Court for his actions against another female.

Court records show two charges of second-degree sexual abuse, a charge of attempted strangulation, as well as a kidnapping charge and an unlawful use of a weapon charge were dropped. Tallman's sentencing date was not immediately available.

"There is an increasing level of intensity and violence in his behavior," according to Tom Petersen, who represented the Medford woman who sued Tallman in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Tallman was sentenced to probation for third-degree sex abuse in the Medford case. Although the charge was a misdemeanor, Tallman was ordered to register as a sex offender.

In that case, Tallman met the victim in the clinic's reception area and allowed her to think he was another chiropractor who worked at the clinic. Tallman escorted the woman, who is in her 40s and declined to be named in this story, to an exam room and asked her to disrobe. Tallman then began to massage the woman's inner thighs and vagina.

All the while he kept whispering, "getting closer, getting closer," to the woman as she lay on the examination table, Petersen said.

The woman did not understand why Tallman was touching her in this way because she was there to receive back treatments. She later told mental health experts that she had been intimidated by Tallman and felt violated that he used his position of authority to take advantage of her.

The woman, a single mother, called Medford police and reported the incident, which led to the criminal charges and the revocation of Tallman's chiropractic license, Petersen said.

In the civil complaint filed in court, Petersen said the woman suffered "extreme humiliation, fright, horror, grief, shame ... embarrassment, anger ... and emotional pain" after the incident.

An investigation into Tallman's past revealed that he had allegedly left his previous clinic in Corvallis after women there accused him of similar conduct, Petersen said. No charges were filed against Tallman in the Corvallis incidents.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or sspecht@mailtribune.com.

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