State Board Yanks Chiropractor David Russell's License

Hearing to be held in Austin Nov. 30

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Nov 18, 2011  |  Updated 12:19 AM CDT
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The license of a McKinney chiropractor accused of sexual assault is temporarily suspended.

Ellen Godlberg, NBC 5 News

The license of a McKinney chiropractor accused of sexual assault is temporarily suspended.

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Dr. Russell's Chiropractic License Suspended

Dr. David Russell can no longer treat patients after the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners temporarily suspended his license Thursday.

McKinney Police Investigate Handling of Case

The McKinney Police Department has launched an internal investigation into its handling of the sexual assault allegations against Dr. David Russell.
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The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners has temporarily suspended the license of a McKinney chiropractor arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

Dr. David Russell is accused of sexually assaulting two teenage girls in his clinic. The board said it decided to temporarily suspend Russell's license because of the arrests.

"Eventually, his day will come in court to be vindicated," said Todd Shapiro, Russell's attorney. "We've had many conversations about the idea that no matter what's said in the media, no matter what's said in the papers, no matter suspensions are given to your license, there's only one place where this is all going to matter, and that's going to be inside the courtroom, and he knows that his day will eventually come."

A hearing to determine whether to reinstate his license or permanently revoke it is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Austin.

Russell is not allowed to treat patients, but his practice remains open with staff and therapists.

In a news release, the board said the enforcement committee felt temporarily suspending Russell's license was necessary to ensure "the protection of the public."

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners is the state agency responsible for licensing and regulation of chiropractic practice and chiropractors.

McKinney police are also conducting an internal investigation into why complaints against Russell made to the department in February and July were not investigated.

One of the instructors who went to police in February also called Child Protective Services in July. The agency said it referred the matter to McKinney police.

More: Arrest warrant affidavits (WARNING: Documents are extremely graphic)

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