Battle Ground chiropractor accused of rape appears in court

Mark Larue in court Friday (KPTV)

A Battle Ground chiropractor facing charges of second-degree rape and indecent liberties involving patients made his first appearance in court Friday.

Mark Larue, 64, of Kalama, was arrested Thursday.

Two women reported that they had been inappropriately touched during sessions at the Battle Ground Family Chiropractic.

Larue is a licensed chiropractor and owner of the business on the 700 block of West Main Street.

Court documents allege Larue gave marijuana to one of the women and smoked it with her before an appointment.

Investigators said the woman was seeing Larue for neck and upper back pain, but she was touched and massaged in other private areas without her permission.

A probable cause affidavit states Larue admitted smoking pot with the woman and kissing her, as well as inappropriately touching her, but he told officers that contact was an accident and he apologized.

Laure's attorney commented on the alleged confession Friday.

"That's a situation where you're reading from a probable cause statement. I would urge people to not jump to any conclusions and the correct form in which to look into these – what did and didn't happen – is in the courtroom," said Therese Lavallee.

Larue's attorney acknowledged in court that he is being investigated by health boards in Oregon and Washington. His licenses remain active in both states.

Court records show Larue previously practiced in Beaverton.

Police said three other women accused of Larue of similar incidents in 2003 and 2004, but there wasn't enough evidence at that time to make an arrest.

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