QUEENSBURY — A Queensbury chiropractor has been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse for allegedly having unwanted sexual contact with an 18-year-old patient, court records show.
Jeffrey B. Sawyer was charged with third-degree sexual abuse in connection with allegations made by a patient that he kissed her mouth and neck and fondled her crotch and buttocks during an examination and spinal adjustment at his office on Homer Avenue in Queensbury on Jan. 4.
The charge alleges he had sexual contact without the consent of the alleged victim.
His lawyer, Michael Martin, said Sawyer is adamant that nothing improper occurred, and that there was no evidence to corroborate the woman’s account.
“It’s devastating. Just the allegation being made is damning,” Martin said. “It’s a ‘he said, she said’ (case). He’s a nice, young family guy and this doesn’t make any sense.”
The charge was filed after an investigation in recent days by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bud York said his office received a complaint, took a statement from the young woman and presented the evidence to the court to determine whether a charge was warranted.
A criminal summons was issued this week by Queensbury Town Justice Eric Schwenker based on that evidence. Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said Sawyer declined to discuss the allegations with police and referred investigators to Martin, his counsel.
In a statement filed in court, the alleged victim is quoted as telling sheriff’s investigators that Sawyer had been asking her personal questions about her sex life and whether she had a boyfriend, asked how she felt about him and then kissed her mouth and neck, fondled her crotch through her clothes and put his hand under her pants to touch her buttocks.
“I was shocked this was happening,” she is quoted as saying.
She did not tell anyone at first, though she said her mother could tell she was upset when leaving the chiropractor’s office that day. She said she eventually told a friend, who apparently told a teacher who advised the teen to go to police.
“I was confused and didn’t know what to do,” she told police.
Sawyer has had a New York chiropractor license since 2012, and the license was active as of Friday. The state Department of Education, which licenses professionals in New York, had been made aware of the allegations.
Sawyer is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge in Queensbury Town Court on May 7.
Stockdale said that anyone with information in the case should call the Sheriff’s Office at 518-743-2500.