State suspends Richland chiropractor's license over sexual misconduct

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The state Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission suspended the license of Richland chiropractor Russell Tagg for a minimum of three years following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Tagg has been licensed as a chiropractor in the state since 1992 and was 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.

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.

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. When she would refuse, he would push them aside or remove them himself, documents said.

“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.

He is alleged to have inappropriately touched the chests or breasts of three other patients.

In addition to the suspension, Tagg must undergo a complete psychosexual evaluation by a psychiatrist or mental health specialist, pass a National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Ethics and Boundaries Examination, complete 16 hours of continuing education and pay a $5,000 fine before his license can be reinstated on probation.

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