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SNOWFLAKE – Long-time chiropractor Wesley Bowman of Snowflake, who turns 74 in August, was indicted by a grand jury in Navajo County on October 27th of sexual assault, class 2 crime and sexual abuse, a class 5 crime. He objected to the way the authorities presented the case to a grand jury, and the two charges were dismissed.

However, on April 6, a grand jury filed a new charge against Bowman on 15 crimes, including eight sexual abuse charges, class 5 crimes, five sexual assault cases, class 2 crimes, one kidnapping case (obstruction of someone because of a sexual abuse). Purpose) a class 2 crime and an indictment of aggravated assault, a class 4 crime. The new aggravated assault charge alleges temporary but significant disfigurement, loss or impairment of an organ, body part or fracture, according to the court’s electronic file. Bowman pleaded not guilty and is considered innocent by law.

The dispute over the now dismissed charges by the grand jury provided insight into the allegations made by the first two women, who are not mentioned in this article.

The case began when a woman living in Flagstaff contacted the Snowflake Taylor Police Department in March 2019, claiming that Bowman had sexually abused her during chiropractic treatment 25 years earlier, within two years between January 1, 1993 and once happened December 31, 1994 when the woman was around 16 years old. She had previously been treated by Bowman without incident, she told officers, and then continued treatment before finally stopping treatment.

The woman then contacted the Flagstaff Police Department with the same complaint, telling the Flagstaff authorities that her complaint with STPD “is not progressing fast enough”. She reported that she was asked by Bowman to remove her clothes down to her panties and attacked her.

The case highlights the difficulty of prosecuting and defending a decade-old sex crime charge with no physical evidence, no set date of what happened, no witnesses alongside the two people present, and no admission whatsoever from the suspect. Despite all of this, it can be an accurate account of what happened, watch forensic experts who regularly grapple with what the authorities call “late” reports. Bowman has pleaded not guilty and denies the allegations.

A very relevant question is why the alleged victim waited so long to report, and that is exactly what Det. Sgt. Salli O’Hair of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit asked her. It should be noted that the case landed with the NCSO after the Flagstaff authorities claimed it was outside of their jurisdiction and that the STPD did not have much to do, but they still referred the matter to law enforcement. Then the NSCO’s detective sergeant took over the investigation and questioned the woman at a Flagstaff police station.

The woman told the detective that she waited so long because she was trying to forget it and thought it might be “something she did” to provoke it, according to O’Hair’s testimony before a grand Jury. The woman remembered attending some sort of conference in 2018 and the spokesman saying something that “made all memories come back to her,” she told the detective. These statements can be very true. She also noted that she was “considering” whether it actually happened.

Another question from the detective: did the woman tell anyone about it? The answer was yes, and O’Hair interviewed the people who told the alleged victim. Those interviewed said that the woman had only told them about it within the last six months, and in general, with no details, that the woman said she had been attacked.

A second woman alleged that Bowman touched her private parts through her clothing during treatment in April 2019, and she filed a formal complaint with the Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She told the board that she went to Bowman to get a medical certificate that her planned breast reduction was medically necessary and not a cosmetic procedure. It is believed that health insurance can cover part or all of the reduction if this was medically necessary.

The second woman claims Bowman touched her bare breasts and rubbed her private parts over her clothes. If that is true, it is likely not a crime for a doctor to touch the breasts of a patient who has been there to get a professional opinion on her breasts, but allegedly touching private areas above clothing could constitute sexual abuse in this case. Bowman says this never happened and he even touched her with the patient’s permission.

During a hearing on the matter on Aug. 28, 2019, the Chiropractic Committee found that Bowman’s medical records did not include the patient’s permission, and one board member considered that such negligence in recording or even communicating with a patient was a mistake A brand new chiropractor could do, not one with Bowman’s long history of practice.

In the end, the board of directors and Bowman signed a “consent agreement,” which put Bowman on probation for two years and required him to learn how to communicate with patients and how to properly collect medical information. The September 16, 2019 consent agreement states that one patient alleged that he “exposed and touched her hips and buttocks in a way that made her feel uncomfortable, and that he did has lifted her shirt and her bra without unhooking ”. your permission. The defendant (Bowman) denies the allegations in the (patient) complaint … “

Two lawyers have appeared as defense attorneys in the case; they are Todd K. Coolidge of Coolidge Law Firm, PLLC of Chandler, and a local attorney. The accuser was Ms. Lee White, Assistant Attorney for Navajo County. The case was assigned to the Hon Ralph Hatch, but asked the presiding judge to reassign him to another judge as Hatch has an unidentified conflict. It was announced last week that Judge Hatch will be stepping down from the bank after his long tenure, and it appears that the judge’s appointed judge is the presiding judge of that court, Dale P. Nielson.

Meanwhile, attorney Coolidge asked the court to dismiss the case, or at least send it back to the grand jury so that they could get truthful and accurate information that Coolidge claims they are not. It has long been known that authorities can convince a grand jury to charge a ham sandwich, and court rules allow a case to be referred back to the grand jury if one party believes the jury did not get the full story, or if or something indecent caused them to be charged.

In this case, the defense alleges that the NCSO Det. Sgt. Salli O’Hair has “made false, misleading and irrelevant adverse statements on a number of occasions,” according to the motion dated December 31, 2020. Specifically, the detective sergeant told jurors that the chiropractic committee “suspended” Bowman’s license for six months after the second woman complained and that he was ordered to install video cameras, but none of these things are true, the claims Lawyer. The jury also asked about the consent agreement between the board and Bowman, but were not given a copy.

The detective was also allowed to tell the jury about local gossip about Bowman’s love life and “strange” practices that, even if true, are irrelevant and harmful. In addition, the defense attorney alleges that Prosecutor White gave the jury a wrong definition of the sexual assault law by saying that sexual touch over clothing is considered sexual assault.

White submitted a spirited response on Jan. 28, urging that “the state has not presented false or misleading evidence to the grand jury and has presented the evidence fairly to the grand jury”. She claims that Bowman’s consent agreement with the chiropractic board was some kind of suspension and that she did not give a false definition of sexual assault. As for the latter part, White said it doesn’t matter anyway because the grand jury declined to charge Bowman of sexual assault against the second woman and instead chose a lesser sexual abuse charge.

Court records show that the first two charges were dismissed on April 6, the same day the new 15-point indictment was filed. It is not known whether the court ever found merit in the defense’s denial or whether the state asked the judge to do so in the face of the new charges. It is also not yet known whether the 15 new indictments affect women other than the first two applicants.

Bowman’s next trial, an initial pre-trial conference, is scheduled for June 28th.

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