Providence chiropractor bound over on charges of inappropriately … – Cache Valley Daily

Providence chiropractor bound over on charges of inappropriately … – Cache Valley Daily





LOGAN — A 66-year-old Providence chiropractor has been bound over on charges of allegedly sexually abusing three patients. Neil Louis Erickson, who was arrested in January and later in April, was ordered to stand trial on two cases following a previous preliminary hearing.
Erickson participated in a virtual hearing Friday afternoon in First District Court, appearing by web conference. He was bound over on four counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
According to prosecutors, two female adults contacted the Cache County Sheriff’s Office in October 2021. They claimed Erickson inappropriately touched them during chiropractic exams.
In April 2022, a third woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office claiming Erickson inappropriately touched her several times during clinical visits. He allegedly groped her buttocks and vaginal area, even though she was seeing him for a back injury.
During Friday’s hearing, Judge Spencer Walsh ruled prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence to bind Erickson over for trial. He ordered the defendant to appear again in court October 3.
Defense attorney Tawni Bugden entered pleas of “not guilty” for her client. She questioned whether or not the allegations were outside the “scope of chiropractic care.”
Judge Walsh said it wasn’t his role to determine what appropriate treatment by a chiropractor was. He explained that he had reviewed the evidence, including the alleged victim’s statements, describing of how they felt during their appointments.
Erickson began practicing in March 1983. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in December of 1982 and later received postgraduate training in Chiropractic Orthopedics and was certified by the National Board. In 2001, he took a postgraduate course of study and became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. His information has since been removed from Cache Valley Chiropractic’s website.
Erickson remains out of jail on pretrial supervision. He could face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
Individuals arrested and charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
will@cvradio.com
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