Chiropractor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Patients

INDIO, Calif. -- A chiropractor who practices in Indio was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting patients while performing medical examinations, authorities said.

Stuart Greenwood, 58, of Apple Valley, was arrested without incident at 9:15 a.m. at his office at 81557 Doctor Carreon Blvd., said Ben Guitron of the Indio Police Department.

Greenwood was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, with arraignment expected on Friday.

His arrest followed an investigation by Indio police and the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners into four reports of sexual assaults allegedly committed by Greenwood, Guitron said.

According to a declaration filed in support of an arrest warrant, the alleged assaults date from June 2006 to April 2008. Indio police Detective Eric Longoria, who prepared the declaration, said the first alleged victim reported she had seen Greenwood at his Indio office for a neck injury on June 7, 2006.

Greenwood allegedly told the woman she may "have another problem aside from the neck injury, and walked outside of the room, as if seeing if anybody was watching." He then allegedly touched the patient's vaginal area, but she stopped him and asked what he was doing, Longoria wrote.

The second report involved a June 27, 2006, incident involving an employee who worked at Greenwood's office, according to the detective. The employee she was feeling pain in her back and asked the chiropractor to examine her, Longoria said.

The woman told the detective that Greenwood asked her to take off her clothes and put on a robe. During the examination, Greenwood allegedly told the woman he was going to check her for a yeast infection and placed his "un-gloved hand under her vagina" and touched the skin near her underwear, Longoria wrote.

The woman said she asked him to stop, but Greenwood allegedly told her it was part of the examination and began to feel her breasts over the robe.

When she asked what he was doing, Greenwood allegedly told her, "I need to touch your breasts to make energy and make your back problems go away."

Greenwood also asked the employee out on a date and made numerous comments about having sex with him, which she declined, according to Longoria.

Another report was made in November 2007 by a woman who also claimed Greenwood touched her vagina over her clothes, according to City News Service. The most recent incident was reported last April 8, when a woman went to Greenwood's office for treatment of a shoulder problem, CNS reported.

She told the detective that Greenwood massaged her left leg and used his finger to penetrate her, leaving her feeling "violated and confused."

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