Chiropractor charged with sex assault has history of misconduct

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 8:31 PM

SSC Chiropractic, P.A.

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CARROLLTON –– A Carrollton chiropractor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient during an exam was arrested Friday, according to a statement released Monday morning by the Carrollton Police Department.

Scott Tan Viet Lai, a chiropractor at SSC Chiropractic, PA, was charged with sexual assault and is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Carrollton Municipal Jail.

According to an arrest affidavit, the assault occurred on June 11 during the victim's third visit with Lai. The victim told police that her cousin located the Vietnamese clinic for her when she began suffering lower back and neck pains after a crash.

The affidavit stated the doctor began touching the victim inappropriately as he told her he was adjusting her tailbone and whispered, "Do you want me to help you relax?" The exam ended when she questioned the doctor's treatment.

"Dr. Lai quickly got up and stated that she should have known what the procedure would be since she was studying to be a nurse," the affidavit read.

She called police from the bathroom of the office and left after Lai had her sign some paperwork, the complaint says. 

Lai has been accused of sexual misconduct before. The Board of Chiropractic Examiners suspended his license last year for indecency with a 16-year-old girl.

Carrollton police arrested him in 2009.  Documents show, ".... He allegedly kissed the patient in the mouth and placed his hand in her shirt."

He was given seven years probation when he pled no contest. 

His license was suspended for six months and the state monitored him for six and a half more years. 

According to the SSC Chiropractic website, the family-owned clinic was started in 2002 and has a second location in Arlington.

 News 8's Rebecca Lopez contributed to this report

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