Previous complaints made against local chiropractor

UPDATE: Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon tells Local 6 his department was not aware of complaints against Dr. Steve McAdoo dating back to 2005. He said his department plans to look into them. 

It could play a role in the current criminal case against the chiropractor, which alleges sexual abuse. 

Local 6 has learned of complaints dating back 11 years against a local chiropractor who’s facing a charge of sexual abuse.

Investigators arrested Dr. Stephen McAdoo on Tuesday.

We received an email from a viewer that led us to a document from the Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners. It outlines complaints from four different patients at his Mayfield office in April of 2005.

A patient known only as CTR claimed between July 2, 2004, and Feb. 16, 2005, McAdoo exposed and massaged her breasts on several occasions. 

Another woman, EB, claimed that as a patient McAdoo touched her in "a place that was not necessary" for her care. 

A patient known as SK claimed that in February of 2003, McAdoo massaged her breasts in a manner not appropriate. 

Former patient DH told the board she was touched inappropriately during her time of treatment.

McAdoo sent a response to the board on April 27, 2005. While he denied any misconduct, he said he ceased all soft tissue release techniques during the time of the complaints. But he also told the board if they held a hearing, they could win. 

He settled with the board, agreeing to the following:

  • A 20-day suspension
  • A $4,000 fine
  • To obtain a psychological evaluation
  • A probation period of two years.

During that probationary period, McAdoo also had to complete a course on sexual harassment and have a woman present at all times. The document also states the board shall make no referral of this matter for any criminal proceeding. 

McAdoo signed the agreement in June of 2006. That means if he met all qualifications, the probation would have ended in June of 2008. 

McAdoo’s office was closed yesterday. Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon tells us, since his arrest on Tuesday, six others have stepped forward with accusations of sexual abuse. 

We reached out to Redmon Thursday afternoon following this new information. We have not yet heard back. 

We have included the document, an agreed order, below.


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