Sheriff announces more charges against West Columbia chiropractor

Published: 2011-03-16 15:10:59
Author: WIS News 10 | March 15, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 51-year-old West Columbia chiropractor on Tuesday turned himself in on arrest warrants that allege he assaulted two more female patients when they sought therapeutic treatment at his office.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Ronald Jeffrey Shows, of West Columbia, turned himself in on three arrest warrants that allege he put his hands in the undergarments of 41 and 42-year-old patients in 2010 and 2011.

The warrant also alleges that Shows inappropriately touched additional private parts of the 41-year-old woman.

Shows is also accused of assaulting 18, 23, and 35-year-old women in his office. Metts said the chiropractor inappropriately touched the women in a manner that was inconsistent with a necessary or recognized medical procedure.

The assaults all occurred at Shows' chiropractic office at 2243-C Leaphart Road, Metts said. Detectives determined that the assaults were not medically necessary and were not part of a recognized therapy or treatment.

Shows turned himself in at 12:30 p.m. at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, on arrest warrants on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, Metts said.

Shows appeared in court Tuesday for the third time in a week.

One of the victims spoke during Shows' bond hearing. "Of course, the other victims chose not to come, but I will say that I was not only a patient, but a so-called acquaintance and friend of Dr. Shows," said the victim. "But, I feel like I can be the backbone and the voice for the other victims and do what I can do to get the full punishment that needs to be given."

Under South Carolina law, third-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison, Metts said. Assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct also is a felony, and it also carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

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