A third complaint has been submitted versus a Westcliffe chiropractor accused of illegal sexual get in touch with with his patients.
Dr. Luis Marquez, 77, formally was billed Tuesday in Custer County District Courtroom with 3 counts of illegal sexual make contact with, each a Class 4 felony. His license was suspended following he was arrested on suspicion of illegal sexual get in touch with in February.
In accordance to an arrest affidavit penned by Custer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Miles De Youthful, this is an ongoing situation with a number of victims coming forward.
The most recent grievance submitted March 8 statements that a feminine patient had found Marquez for hip soreness in December 2020. The victim advised authorities that just after obtaining viewed chiropractors off and on for the past 40 decades, the take a look at with Marquez was “very different” in comparison to other this kind of visits. All through a stop by, the discussion shifted to “having a boob job” and Marquez allegedly asking if he could contact her breast.
An additional time, according to the affidavit, he allegedly requested her to stand bare in entrance of him so that he could “see where by her shoulders had been.”
“She claimed that the previous straw was when he was offering her a stomach massage when she was laying on her again, she could not remember specifically what he was he carrying out, ‘but he touched me,’” the affidavit states.
For the duration of the first session, Marquez allegedly informed her to undress and place on a gown, telling her, “I will not do anything that you really don’t want me to.”
The 1st alleged incident with a distinctive individual happened in July 2020. On the next visit, Marquez allegedly pulled her underwear down when she was laying on her abdomen and rubbed her buttocks. He then instructed her that her “ribs were out of place,” and he was going to set them back again in put. He had her clear away her bra at which time he allegedly begun rubbing her breasts.
The affected individual informed regulation enforcement that the way he allegedly touched her was the way one would touch an intimate partner, but this in no way was consensual. She said after the incident, she investigated the code of ethics for chiropractors, which states that clients are supposed to continue being clothed, but Marquez regularly had individuals undress to their underwear and place on a gown.
During his investigation, De Youthful said he found out comparable conduct toward other females, which includes one particular from 2006 and one more in 2021.
“Dr. Marquez attempts to get women of all ages to undress and get into a small gown that is open in the back again,” he wrote in the affidavit. “He prefers ‘skin to skin’ speak to simply because that is how he was properly trained.”
A 2nd affected individual reported inappropriate habits that took area in July 2021. Marquez allegedly informed her to undress and set on a gown so that he could see her spine. He allegedly also fondled her breasts and pulled her robe down to expose her breasts.
As component of the investigation, the Division of Nearby Affairs has suspended Marquez’ license to exercise and hearings are scheduled in the future to take into account the lasting position of his license. The date of Marquez’s preliminary listening to will be set for the duration of an visual appeal on Could 10.
Anybody with more data in regard to this case or who would like to speak with a deputy might phone the Custer County Sheriff’s Business office at 719-783-2270.