Medford chiropractor faces new abuse charges
The owner of a Medford chiropractic clinic faces new criminal charges from new victims who say he touched them sexually while they were under his care.
Ten women, including one minor, have come forward in the case against Scott Brian Cooper, 56, accusing him of touching them inappropriately, and in one case penetrating a woman with his fingers, according to a release issued Thursday by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office and an Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners report.
A grand jury Thursday morning formally charged Cooper, owner of Cooper Chiropractic, with 31 counts of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, according to the District Attorney's office. The charges followed 90 minutes of testimony from 10 victims and two Medford police detectives.
Cooper's chiropractic license was suspended Jan. 26 in an emergency board meeting, according to Cassandra McLeod-Skinner, executive director of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She said emergency suspension hearings typically follow "egregious" law enforcement reports where public safety is concerned. Cooper has 90 days to request a hearing contesting the suspension.
The board report details complaints from four victims that came the week after Cooper's Jan. 17 arrest.
A 20-year-old who had been seeing Cooper for five months said Cooper turned a one-on-one therapy session into a massage last October, rubbing the sides of her breasts before putting his hands inside her pants and rubbing her genital area.
A 17-year-old patient also alleged that Cooper put his hands down her pants and touched her sexually during a session, and two other patients reported inappropriate touching on their buttocks, among other places.
McLeod-Skinner said it can be hard for patients to process what happened when a doctor breaches the boundaries of their professional relationship.
"There's a fiduciary duty to do no harm," McLeod-Skinner said. "It's devastating to people."
McLeod-Skinner said she believes there could be more victims.
"When an arrest does happen, then other victims come forward," McLeod-Skinner said. "We want victims to come forward."
Victims should contact Medford police, as well as chiropractic board investigator George Finch at 503-373-1615 or George.Finch@oregon.gov.
Cooper was released from jail Jan. 19, after posting 10 percent of his $500,000 bail, court records show. Circuit Court Judge Lisa Greif set release conditions including no access to business or client records, no practicing chiropractic or massage services, and weekly check-ins. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 22.
— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.