Richland Chiropractor’s License Suspended for Sexual Misconduct
According to a press release from the Washington State Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission, Russel Tagg is accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a woman who was seeing him for treatment beginning in 2011. According to the commission, Tagg showed inappropriate behavior during many of the patient’s 33 visits. He reportedly focused treatment on her groin area, giving rationale that it was part of his therapy for her neck and shoulder pain. He also allegedly straddled the patient and eight times finished sessions by kissing her on the cheek.
He is also accused of inappropriate touching three other patients. In addition to a suspension that could last three years, Tagg has been ordered to complete a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, pass an ethics and boundaries examination with the National Board of Chiropractics, pay a $5,000 fine and complete 16 hours of continuing education if he wishes to renew his license. Tagg has been a licensed chiropractor in Washington since 1992.