Sex abuse charges for local chiropractor

Ashland, Ore., — “He has the right to request a hearing on the notice of suspension.”

Mark Machala is a chiropractor in Ashland.

After sexual abuse allegations came out in December of 2015, the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners took measures to suspend his license in September.

“The focus of the emergency suspension is to have him stop practicing because they may be a harm to the public.”

An outline of the board’s investigation paints a picture of abuse happening over the course of two visits.

Machala’s accuser says at one point he touched her breasts.

When questioned, Machala admitted it may have happened.

The patient says she knew she had to take action, especially after learning he had a family.

“We took action on it as soon as we had information to take action on.”

Machala has 90 days to request a licensing hearing, those 90 days end in December.

Depending on the outcome of the allegations, Machala could lose his license for good.

Meanwhile, we spoke with his lawyer about the criminal charges of third degree sexual abuse.

He said this situation was an honest mistake, and his client took steps to make it better once he knew his advances weren’t welcome.

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