Charges allege Kaysville chiropractor sexually assaulted 2 patients
FARMINGTON — Ten felony charges have been filed against a Kaysville chiropractor accused of sexually abusing two female patients and police are investigating allegations made by four other women, according to court documents.
Kenneth W. Pierce, 55, of Right Now! Chiropractic in Kaysville, was arrested after a woman reported she was sexually abused at the business the evening of Sept. 17. He was booked into the Davis County Jail in Farmington.
On Sept. 22, the Davis County Attorney’s Office charged Pierce with first-degree felony object rape and nine counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse. The charges cover the Sept. 17 incident and a similar episode reported by a different woman to have occurred July 17.
In both cases, the women reported Pierce asked the patient to come in after hours for a two-hour deep body massage. They said no one else was there and Pierce locked the door. The charges allege the women said Pierce touched their genitals during the massages and one woman said he aggressively massaged her breasts and pushed his groin onto her hand.
Charging documents said Kaysville police are investigating four other cases involving women alleging similar actions by Pierce.
“The number of victims and potential victims demonstrates the defendant’s predatory sexual conduct and the danger to the community he poses,” deputy Davis County Attorney Blithe Cravens said in a motion seeking Pierce’s detention without bail. She wrote that Pierce “used his position as a chiropractor to gain the victims’ trust” and “used the trust he curated to lure the victims to his office after hours” so he could be alone with them.
The motion said Pierce should remain behind bars pending trial because, Cravens argued, he is a danger to the alleged victims and the community and is a risk to flee if he bails out.
At a Sept. 24 appearance before 2nd District Judge Michael Edwards, Pierce’s court-appointed attorney waived a preliminary hearing and Edwards bound him over for trial. Pierce’s next court appearance is set for Monday, when the matter of continuing detention will be heard.
Mark Arrington, Pierce’s court-appointed attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing records show Pierce has been a licensed chiropractor since 2010. The agency announced Thursday it will conduct a closed emergency meeting Tuesday involving a licensed chiropractor. DOPL spokesperson Zach Whitney said because the review board intends to close the meeting, the chiropractor’s name will not be made public. However, if disciplinary action is taken, the results will be made public afterward, Whitney said.