Chiropractor charged with sexual assault

A Somer­ton chiro­pract­or was ordered last Thursday to stand tri­al on charges he sexu­ally as­saul­ted a 69-year-old fe­male pa­tient last sum­mer.

Mu­ni­cip­al Courty Judge Patrick F. Dugan ordered that Chris­toph­er Wal­cott, 43, of Yard­ley, Bucks County, stand tri­al for ag­grav­ated as­sault and in­de­cent as­sault, while dis­miss­ing a less­er charge of simple as­sault in con­nec­tion with the al­leged Ju­ly 30 vi­ol­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­it­ies, the vic­tim was a pa­tient of Wal­cott’s at the Ad­vanced Well­ness Cen­ter of PA at 14260 Bustleton Ave. The wo­man test­i­fied at last week’s hear­ing that she had vis­ited the cen­ter nu­mer­ous times, and went there on Ju­ly 28 seek­ing re­lief of hip and groin pain.

She re­turned for treat­ment two days later and, while she lay partly clothed, Wal­cott mas­saged her with a vi­brat­or. Dur­ing the treat­ment, the chiro­pract­or al­legedly placed his fin­gers un­der her gar­ments and touched her gen­it­als.

The wo­man test­i­fied that she in­struc­ted Wal­cott to re­move his hand, then he apo­lo­gized and offered her free treat­ments. She re­fused and re­por­ted the in­cid­ent to po­lice.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice ap­proved charges on Sept. 21. Wal­cott was ar­res­ted on Sept. 22 and is free on $35,000 bail while con­tinu­ing to prac­tice.

Wal­cott has denied the ac­cus­a­tions and is sched­uled for a Com­mon Pleas Court ar­raign­ment on Dec. 22. ••

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