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Former chiropractor sentenced to 4 years in prison for raping client


A former chiropractor who pleaded guilty to raping a client earlier this year was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

Paul David Thompson, 54, of Vadnais Heights, was sentenced to the maximum amount outlined in the August plea deal in which he admitted to charges of third-degree criminal sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Thompson took the 27-year-old victim, a longtime patient, to a massage table in the back of his Little Canada office where he then raped her.

During Monday's sentencing, the judge read a letter from the victim, who wrote she trusted Thompson, but after the attack she felt shame and disgust, the Pioneer Press reports. The victim's sister spoke in court, saying the victim was suicidal and had to be hospitalized twice.

Thompson also spoke during sentencing. He cried and apologized to the victim and her family.

Thompson's attorney requested leniency during sentencing, noting he had no criminal record and admitted to the crime when confronted by police.

The judge rejected the plea. In addition to the prison time, Thompson will have to pay $9,415 in restitution and register as a sex offender for at least 10 years, the Star Tribune reports.

Thompson’s license to practice was revoked by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners in June.

The chiropractor, who had no prior criminal history, had been disciplined before by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners – but not prosecuted – for other inappropriate contact with patients dating back to the late 1980s.

All of those actions are available to see on the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners disciplinary actions site. He was previously placed on probation and was not allowed to be alone with patients during exams, but those conditions expired in 2009.

Thompson was also sent to a psychotherapist who concluded that he had unresolved interpersonal and sexual behavior problems that needed treatment, according to reports.

This case has prompted state Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, to call for the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners executive director Larry Spicer's resignation, the Star Tribune reported.

Spicer said calling for his resignation was "inappropriate," the Pioneer Press says.

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