Sex offense conviction would end chiropractor's career
James Eli Shiffer
July 17, 2014 — 4:31pm
The arrest last week of a Little Canada chiropractor on charges of sexually assaulting a patient followed a long disciplinary record with the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners, my colleague Chao Xiong reported. The records showed that Paul D. Thompson had a history of improper touching patients, and an evaluator for the board reported in 2004 that Thompson had "interpersonal and sexual behavior problems." While the board had taken disciplinary action, Thompson had never faced any criminal charges.
If Thompson is convicted of a sex offense, the board will not be allowed to give him his license back. That wasn't always the case. In 2010, the Star Tribune reported how a chiropractor went back into practice after serving time in jail for assaulting patients. The board said it was required to do so under state law that encourages the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.
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