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Twin Cities chiropractor admits sexual assault of client in clinic

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ST. PAUL — A Twin Cities chiropractor admitted Monday he sexually assaulted a patient at his clinic.

Paul David Thompson, 54, of Vadnais Heights said in Ramsey County District Court that while performing chiropractic treatment May 8 on a 27-year-old woman, he took off his pants, got up on the table and raped her.

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The woman told police the incident occurred as she was lying on her back in a gown.

Though the patient did not resist, she also did not consent, and Thompson did not ask for her consent, he admitted in questioning by his attorney, Michael Colich.

He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A lesser charge of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct will be dropped at sentencing Oct. 13, according to the plea agreement.

The prosecution will not ask the judge for a greater sentence than state guidelines call for in the case, which is four years in prison, per the plea agreement. The defense will ask for a lesser term, Colich said.

The rape victim told police she did not say anything to Thompson during the attack because “she was afraid that he would use force and hold her down if she resisted,” according to the criminal complaint.

Thompson has no criminal history, though he has been disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners on three previous occasions between 1991 and 2007 for inappropriately touching or making personal remarks to female patients.

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