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Woman claims chiropractor touched her sexually as a teen

Posted at 10:41 AM, Mar 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-22 23:45:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Board of Medicine summarily suspended Dr. Michael Pollock's chiropractic license after nine former patients filed sexual misconduct complaints with the board.

The complaints involved allegations that range from the 1980s to May 2021.

Two former patients told board investigators that Pollock told them he wanted to check their alignment and then asked them to bend over and grabbed their hips.

On at least one occasion, Pollock allegedly pressed his body up against a patient from behind while she bent over.

The patients listed in the report said he made them feel "gross" and "weird" and his actions felt "sexual."

Two of the patients immediately went to police and Pollock currently faces four felony sexual assault charges in Richmond.

Among the former patients who have come forward to the board since Pollock was arrested is a woman who said she was 15 years old when he engaged in sexual contact with her in 2000.

According to the report, she alleged that during a treatment visit, Pollock said she had "cerebral spinal fluid imbalance" and then placed his fingers in her mouth with one hand while placing his other hand on her vagina. She said he then moaned deep sighs and appeared sweaty.

In the report, the investigator stated that Pollock demonstrated a lack of insight and understanding into his prior boundary violations.

Lindy St. John said she tried to read the report but struggled to get through it.

"To be honest, it took me three times. I would pick it up. It would nauseate me. I would put it back down," St. John said.

St. John worked for Pollock in the late 1980s at his old Chesterfield office.

She said that he started treating her as well but on one occasion, he massaged her breast during treatment.

St. John quit her job and several years later, she wrote Pollock a letter saying she would not report him as long as he never did something like that again.

However, last year, when St. John learned Pollock had been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients, she reported the incident from the 80s to the board.

"Dr. Pollock has a great personality. He brings out his Christian faith. I think he makes victims trust him. And I think he probably uses his chiropractic practice, too, as a maneuver to be a sexual predator," St. John said.

Eight other patients also filed complaints with the board.

"Pretty much, I see the same pattern over and over and over," St. John said. "He has a way of touching women inappropriately and telling them this is a chiropractic practice, these particular muscles will help this part of the body. He's not going to change, he is not going to change. So no, I think he should never practice again," St. John said.

As the CBS 6 Problem Solvers previously reported, Pollock has a long history with the state Board of Medicine. It has been investigating sexual misconduct accusations against him since 1984.

They also pointed out that the board demanded he cease and desist using controversial chiropractic methods in 1974, but he continued to employ inappropriate treatment practices.

Pollock was scheduled to have a full hearing before the board where he has the opportunity to defend himself on April 8, but his attorney requested a continuance and the Attorney General's office granted the continuance.

We reached out to Pollock's attorney James Maloney, and we are still waiting to hear back.

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