Chiropractor Convicted Of Sexual Abuse, Records Tampering

Published: 2010-11-21 20:58:25
Author: KCCI Des Moines | November 3, 2010

A jury in Oskaloosa has convicted chiropractor Jason Ebelsheiser of one count of third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, and one count of tampering with medical records.

The jury worked past the normal closing time Friday evening to announce the verdict in a packed Oskaloosa courtroom around 6:45 p.m.

The jury found Ebelsheiser not guilty on two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and was unable to determine a verdict on two other sexual abuse counts.

Seven different female patients testified over the two-week trial that they had gone to Ebelsheiser for treatment of various pains but were shocked to have him touch their genitals. Ebelsheiser testified in his own defense and denied ever having done so either accidentally or on purpose. KCCI does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

KCCI's Eric Hanson reported from the Oskaloosa courthouse that the guilty verdict came in the case of a 26-year-old woman and that the intent to commit sexual abuse guilty verdicts involved females who were 24 and 17 years old.

The courtroom was packed Friday evening as the jury returned with its verdict. Around 6:15 p.m., the jury announced it had reached verdicts on six of the 8 counts against the chiropractor but could not reach a conclusion on the remaining two counts. After the judge consulted with the jury, he decided to announce the verdicts that had been reached.

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