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Sentencing Delayed for W. Richland Chiropractor

August 1, 2008

By Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash.

Jul. 31–The sentencing for a chiropractor convicted of having inappropriate relations with a preteen girl has been delayed two weeks.

Jeffery A. Sullivan, 46, faces a two-month jail term when he returns to Benton County Superior Court on Aug. 13.

The West Richland man admitted in May to a reduced charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

The charge was amended from second-degree rape of a child because Sullivan doesn’t have a criminal history. The victim also was not cooperating with the case, according to prosecutors.

The case stems from two November incidents in which Sullivan admitted to having “inappropriate sexual contact, including kissing,” court documents said.

It started with Sullivan and the girl going “hot-tubbing” at his house after riding motorcycles most of that day, the state Department of Health said in its report. Sullivan reportedly gave the girl a pair of his underwear and a T-shirt to wear in the hot tub.

Then about a week later after again using the hot tub, Sullivan and the victim went riding around in his truck at 2 a.m. as another girl was driving, health department and court documents said.

Sullivan kissed the girl on both occasions and sexually assaulted her while riding in his truck, documents said.

He knew the girl from motocross events before treating her for a back injury last year.

The Department of Health suspended Sullivan’s license in early May after learning about the sexual misconduct allegations and violations of moral turpitude. State officials ordered him to immediately hand over his chiropractic credentials and to stop seeing all patients.

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