Chiropractor with history of sex offenses faces new charges, lawsuits and legal action


A state-licensed chiropractor with a history of sex offenses has agreed to stop seeing patients due to new criminal charges alleging he assaulted a minor at his clinic.

Court records indicate that in April, Bruce Lindberg of Ottumwa Family Chiropractic Clinic was charged by police with common assault. Prosecutors allege he provided chiropractic services to a minor without permission, then hugged the victim and kissed her on the top of the head. The victim “found the contact offensive,” according to prosecutors.

Lindberg has pleaded not guilty in that case.

Last week, the parents of the alleged victim, who is a 10-year-old boy, filed a civil lawsuit against Lindberg. The lawsuit alleges that in February, their son accompanied an adult family friend to Lindberg’s Ottumwa Clinic. Without the child’s or his parents’ permission, Lindberg reportedly took the boy to a private exam room, asked him to take off his shirt, and began massaging his back with lotion.

The lawsuit claims that at the end of the massage, Lindberg hugged and kissed the boy and told him he was “handsome”, “adorable” and “the prettiest boy in the world”.

The boy allegedly reported Lindberg’s conduct to his parents and, according to the lawsuit, Lindberg later apologized to the family. The lawsuit charges Lindberg with assault, battery, malpractice and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Lindberg has yet to file a response to the lawsuit.

Lindberg’s attorney in the criminal case is now seeking a change of location, noting that articles about Lindberg’s past convictions and a screenshot of Lindberg’s past placement on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry were published online recently following Lindberg’s arrest in April.

“Commentators have shared Dr. Lindberg’s previous placement on the sex offender registry to support their contention that because Dr. Lindberg has offended in the past, he must have had it this time as well,” the motion reads. change of location. “The public’s engagement with media coverage of Dr. Lindberg’s arrest shows that the community has widely and unjustly formed opinions about Dr. Lindberg’s guilt. Not only did they form an opinion of his guilt, but they released a significant amount of detail about Dr. Lindberg’s prior offense that would not be admissible at trial.

A hearing in that case is scheduled for June 9.

Previous allegations of abuse

Available court records indicate that in June 1989, Lindberg was charged with five counts of lascivious acts with a child. Seven months later, additional charges of indecent contract with a child and lascivious acts with a child were filed.

Then, in April 1990, prosecutors and Lindberg reached a settlement that saw him plead guilty to two counts of indecent contact with a child and two counts of indecent exposure. In court, he admitted touching a child, then under 14, in the groin area for his own sexual gratification.

Lindberg was then sentenced to six years probation, subject to a number of conditions, including one stipulating that he had to pay an annuity of $5,000 for each of the eight children he allegedly abused.

Court records indicate that the victims in the 1989 case were minors, some of whom were high school athletes, and some of whom were patients of Lindberg.

After his conviction, Lindberg was barred from the Medicare program. He then appealed this decision to an administrative judge who ruled against him. In his ruling, the judge wrote that Lindberg “did not limit his sexual misconduct with these children solely to situations where the unlawful touching occurred under the guise of legitimate chiropractic treatment. He often engaged in sexual assault on children in the sauna of his house, while he practiced water sports, and in his car while driving the children home.

Months after his conviction in the 1989 criminal case, the Iowa Chiropractic Board initiated disciplinary proceedings against Lindberg. Despite the nature of the criminal charges and Lindberg’s admission to court, the board charged Lindberg only with making lewd or suggestive “remarks or advances” to seven minors who were his patients. As part of this case, Lindberg agreed in 1991 to relinquish his license indefinitely pending the completion of periodic counseling and evaluations.

At some point, the board reinstated Lindberg’s license.

Last week, the board, citing the arrest in April, announced it had reached an agreement with Lindberg. The board has agreed to refrain from taking any disciplinary action against him while the criminal charges are pending. At the same time, Lindberg agreed to voluntarily refrain from practicing chiropractic, which technically means his license has now been suspended.

The suspension shall remain in effect until the order is lifted by the board.


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