Hamilton doctor indicted on 26 sex-related charges after investigation into patient claims

Posted at 11:41 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 16:21:32-05

HAMILTON, Ohio — A Hamilton chiropractor has been indicted on 26 sex-related charges following an investigation into claims that he inappropriately touched patients and engaged in misconduct.

Dr. Stephen Boyd was indicted on 12 counts of gross sexual imposition, seven counts of sexual battery, four counts of rape, two counts of attempted sexual battery and one count of attempted rape, according to the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

"Based on our investigation, it is clear that Dr. Boyd preyed on and victimized vulnerable people. We expect the list of victims to grow with the news of his arrest," said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit in a news release.

He said his department has set up a dedicated phone line for inquiries or reports related to Boyd's case at 513-868-5811, ext. 1009.

The Ohio State Chiropractic Board sent Boyd a letter on Feb. 20 notifying him of sexual misconduct allegations by two patients dating back to 1989 and the early 1990s. Two more patients with allegations as late as 2012 were added to the complaint in June.

Hamilton police said in October they were also investigating claims against Boyd by four patients and served a search warrant at his office in October.

The claims span a period of 23 years.

According to the Journal-News, Boyd was arraigned this morning in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Friday morning, and Judge Charles Pater issued him a $200,000 cash or surety bond.

Defense attorney Chris Pagan said Boyd owns his Main Street business and his house valued at a total of $400,000. Boyd will put up both properties as bond to assure his reappearance in court, Pagan said.

“He has $400,000 in property. If he pledges that, that will give him a lot of incentive to stay around. He has been a Butler County resident his whole life,” Pater said.

If released, the judge also ordered Boyd to report to pre-trial services, have no contact with the victims or anyone ages 10 to 18.

Boyd has requested a hearing with the state chiropractic board that is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2021.

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