Former chiropractor pleads guilty to sexual battery

Published: 2011-08-26 11:38:01
Author: Jim Dalrymple

A former American Fork chiropractor appeared sunburned and exhausted Wednesday as he plodded onto the courtroom floor and ended a protracted, half-decade legal battle over his alleged sex abuse.
In a series of terse one- and two-word answers, Grant Hildreth, 48, acknowledged during a hearing that in 2007 he inappropriately touched a woman in a way that "caused her alarm and concern." When Judge Christine Johnson asked Hildreth if he planned to plead guilty to two class A misdemeanors for sexual battery, he paused, looked at his attorney, then simply said "yes."

Hildreth pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors. In addition to pleading guilty, he also promised not to apply to become a chiropractor or massage therapist in the United States for the next 25 years. In exchange, prosecutors reduced Hildreth's charges from second-degree felonies for forcible sexual abuse.
Following the entry of his pleas, Johnson sentenced Hildreth to five years of court-supervised probation.