A Richland chiropractor had his license suspended by the state Department of Health for allegedly inappropriately touching a female patient throughout a six-month period last year.
Russell Tagg, who has been licensed as a chiropractor in the state since 1992, is accused of using his position of power, doctor/patient relationship and experience as a chiropractor to convince a woman to strip naked and allow him to inappropriately touch her, according to health department documents.
Tagg has 20 days to respond to the allegations and request a hearing.
The patient reported that she began seeing Tagg in March 2011 to get treatment for shoulder, neck and hip pain. She had 33 appointments and said that over time, the treatment became more inappropriate, state documents said.
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Tagg reportedly began focusing the treatment in the patient's groin area, asked her to remove her underwear during some of the sessions and straddled her on the treatment table, documents claimed.
"Respondent attempted to persuade the patient to believe there was therapeutic rationale for exposing and touching her below her waist when his focus should have been on her shoulder and neck pain," officials with the Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission wrote in health department documents.
Tagg also reportedly ended at least eight sessions by kissing the patient on the cheek.
Officials determined there was an "immediate danger to the public, health, safety, or welfare, if (Tagg) has an unrestricted credential," and immediately suspended his credentials after a hearing Wednesday.