UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A Utah County chiropractor was found guilty of rape.
Utah County Attorney’s Office says Dr. Dale Harland Heath, 58, a chiropractor from Orem, was taken into custody after a jury found him guilty of object rape, forcible sexual abuse and three sexual battery charges.
Prosecutors say in 2011, a female patient came forward and said Heath had touched her vagina while he was treating her. In 2013, a second woman came forward with similar accusations.
During interviews with investigators, Heath denied any inappropriate contact, but said any contact with the patient’s pubic region may have been “incidental.”
Detectives spoke to Heath about safe practices to avoid similar complaints. The Department of Professional Licensing (DOPL) also investigated and prosecutors say he admitted to “incidentally touched areas which caused the patients to be concerned.” They say he agreed to have a chaperone present during treatment of all female patients.
A third patient came forward in 2015 with a complaint about similar inappropriate contact. The contact made her uncomfortable, but based on Heath’s profession and experience, she dismissed the contact as incidental and came back for another treatment. During her second treatment, the woman says she was touched in an “intentional manner.” She ended the visit and reported Heath to police.
Police again interviewed Heath, who denied touching the third patient inappropriately and claimed to have never treated a female without a chaperone present since his DOPL order. Police interviewed the chaperones who admitted to signing patient logs representing that they had been present for treatments of female patients when they had not been present for such visits. The chaperones signed the logs at Heath’s request.
Heath will be sentenced on November 21, 2017