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Little Canada chiropractor charged with sexual assault loses license


The Little Canada chiropractor accused of raping a client in late May – but weeks later was still in business with an active license – had his license revoked Tuesday by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Paul D. Thompson's license is listed as revoked on the board's license status website. In addition, the board made the full order of revocation available. In it, Thompson admits to having sexual intercourse with the patient, and voluntarily chose to waive his right to contest the ruling.

On May 22, the 54-year-old Thompson was charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct after a female patient said he had raped her during an appointment earlier that month.

According to the criminal complaint (which can be seen in full here), Thompson took the 27-year-old victim to a massage table in a back room, where he then undressed, climbed on top of her and raped her.

In a text exchange between Thompson and the victim, Thopmson apologized for how he treated her, the criminal complaint says. He later apologized again in a recorded phone call, and after being arrested confessed to forcing himself upon the woman, saying “he did not ask for her consent” before getting on top of her, the complaint says.

In addition, Thompson admitted in the complaint to inappropriately touching the victim on several other occasions.

Nearly two weeks later, it was reported that Thompson still had an active license, and was still treating patients while the investigation continued. Thompson declined comment to WCCO at the time, saying he'd "rather not talk to anyone."

Under rules set by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Thompson was not barred from practicing simply for being accused of a crime.

However, in the board's full order for revocation, the board says the arrest, the charges, and Thompson's admission fall under the revocation conditions laid out in Minnesota statute.

As of 2010, a felony sexual assault conviction if the victim was a patient results in a license revocation with no chance to re-obtain it, the board explains. If the victim was not a patient, the license can be reinstated under certain conditions.

Thompson was disciplined twice before for other inappropriate contact with patients, going back to the late 80′s. All of those disciplinary actions are available on the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners disciplinary actions site. He was placed on probation and was not allowed to be alone with patients during exams, but those conditions expired in 2009.

The Pioneer Press first reported the revocation. The paper says his next court date is July 11.

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