Board revokes Little Canada chiropractor’s license

Paul D. Thompson

Following sexual assault charges filed in Ramsey County in May, a Little Canada chiropractor’s license has been revoked by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Paul David Thompson, 54, of Vadnais Heights operated Thompson Chiropractic on Little Canada Road since 1985, according to the clinic’s website. He is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct, one in the third degree and another in the fifth degree, after he allegedly raped a female patient during an appointment.

According to the license revocation order filed June 17, Thompson had been on probation with the Board of Chiropractic Examiners in the past, including incidents in 1991 and 2005. In 2007, the board extended the probationary period because Thompson had violated the terms of the probation by not having a third party in the room while treating female patients. He was granted an unconditional license after reaching the end of the probationary period in 2009.

If Thompson is found innocent, he may apply to have his license reinstated, the order says. His license has been temporarily suspended since June 5.

The criminal complaint states that a female patient whom Thompson had treated “on and off” in the past told law enforcement officers that Thompson had forced her to have sex with him during a May 8 appointment. She did not tell anyone about the incident until May 13, when she told her fiancé, the complaint said.

Then, the victim’s fiancé went to the office to confront Thompson, and recorded their conversation on his cell phone. Her fiancé told investigators Thompson had admitted to having raped the 27-year-old victim, according to the complaint.

Thompson also allegedly texted the victim on May 16, writing “I’m sorry for how I treated you.”

On May 19, the victim met with investigators and told them she was initially “in shock” and afraid to report the assault because she and her family had known Thompson for 10 years, the complaint stated.

She told authorities that she and Thompson had never had a romantic relationship, and that she had been going to his clinic twice a week for the past three years for treatment of pain and injuries following a car accident.

On May 20, the victim called Thompson and recorded their conversation. During that phone call, Thompson allegedly said, “I’m sorry all this extra stuff happened,” and said he knew she didn’t want to have sex with him, according to the complaint.

During an interview with investigators, Thompson allegedly admitted to raping the victim, and also admitted to having touched her breasts and groin area during previous appointments, the complaint stated. The victim reportedly told investigators she did not recall those incidents.

Additionally, Thompson told investigators he had complaints filed against him with the Minnesota Board of Chiropractors for “boundary issues and inappropriate touching” and was on probation for four years, according to the complaint. The third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine, and the fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge has a one-year maximum sentence and/or a $3,000 fine.

According to the Thompson Chiropractic website, Thompson is married and has five children. The website states Thompson attended Lakewood College, now Century College, in White Bear Lake. He then attended Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri, which has a doctor of chiropractic program.

Thompson will next appear in court for a hearing July 11.

–Johanna Holub


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