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Battle Ground chiropractor accused of rape, indecent liberties involving patients

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BATTLE GROUND, WA (KPTV) -

A Battle Ground chiropractor is facing charges of second-degree rape and indecent liberties involving patients.

Mark S. LaRue, 64, of Kalama, was arrested Thursday.

Police said he is a licensed chiropractor and owner of Battle Ground Family Chiropractic on the 700 block of West Main Street.

The investigation began in May when two of LaRue's patients reported that he touched them inappropriately and in a sexual manner while they received chiropractic and massage treatments at his clinic.

The women were 22 and 47 years old, according to police.

Three different women made similar allegations against LaRue in 2003 and 2004. Reports were made to the Department of Health and the Battle Ground Police Department, but investigators said there was not sufficient evidence at that time to charge or prosecute LaRue.

LaRue has practiced chiropractic medicine in Battle Ground since 2002.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342- 5252 or kim.armstrong@cityofbg.org.

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