BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – Police arrested a Battle Ground chiropractor accused of inappropriately touching patients at his clinic.
Mark LaRue, 64, of Kalama, faces charges of second-degree rape and indecent liberties. LaRue owns Battle Ground Family Chiropractic, located at 713 W. Main Street, Suite 102.
LaRue appeared before a judge Friday morning. His bail was set at $10,000. LaRue was ordered to not treat patients, although the judged agreed to reconsider if state professional boards created a way to protect patient safety. The chiropractor was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims.
Two of LaRue’s female patients, ages 22 and 47, said he touched them in a sexual manner while he gave them chiropractic and massage treatments in May, according to a news release from the city of Battle Ground.
Three additional women accused LaRue of inappropriate touching in 2003 and 2004, detectives learned, but there was not enough evidence to charge LaRue with a crime.
After the court proceeding on Friday, LaRue's attorney said the chiropractor will plead not guilty to the charges, but he turned himself in when he learned he was to be arrested.
"He’s been practicing in good standing for over 15 years and his response to this allegation is to be 100 percent unconditionally cooperative in this investigation. And despite the negative things that can occur in the public forum and the jumping to conclusions, he’s looking forward to his day in court," said Therese LaValle.
LaRue has practiced at his Battle Ground clinic since 2002. Detectives ask anyone with information about LaRue that might help the investigation to call Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252.
LaRue's office is locked up, blinds drawn pic.twitter.com/JpK6AAEGYC— Mike Benner (@MikeBennerKGW) June 29, 2017