The first of three patients who have accused Archer Irby of sexual misconduct testified against the chiropractor on Wednesday. Irby’s former patient told the court that the chiropractor fondled her and exposed himself during two separate visits to his clinic, Irby Spine Care in Englewood.
According to the testimony, Irby allegedly asked her if she was “ready for the real thing” and then exposed himself to her during a massage treatment. She also testified that during one session, he touched her breast and told her “Don’t kiss and tell.” She had seen him eight times before this alleged incident.
Irby was arrested for the first time in July of 2016 after this woman reported these two alleged incidents to Englewood police. This led to an investigation in which detectives found two other possible victims. Additional charges were then added for those victims.
Irby is on trial for charges of criminal sexual contact, attempted criminal sexual contact, and performing a flagrantly lewd and offensive act.
According to the authorities, one patient reported that Irby made her uncomfortable when touching her breasts, but that she initially thought it was part of medical treatment. Two days laters, she ran from his office after he allegedly put his mouth on her breast.
A second accuser is expected to testify against Irby later this week.
Former sex crimes prosecutor Brian Kent represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share a few thoughts on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by chiropractors and other medical professionals:
Sadly, there is a high risk of abuse in the medical field and other fields that involve working from positions of trust. While most medical professionals are trustworthy people, there are also sexual predators in this field who exploit the trust of their patients by sexually assaulting them. These predators must be held accountable for the trauma they’ve caused to their victims.
Criminal penalties are one way that victims can find justice, but there are often additional options for justice in the civil court system. In many cases, victims of sexual assault by chiropractors may have grounds for a lawsuit against the chiropractor or the facility where the assault happened.
Lawsuits directly help victims by providing financial compensation for both personal and financial difficulties they have suffered as a result of the assault.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a chiropractor, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers.