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Chiropractor legally back working while facing 82 child porn-related charges

Dr. David T. Ryan, 56, of Lewis Center is back on the job while awaiting trail. He's facing 82 counts related to child pornography. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Columbus chiropractor charged with 82 counts related to child porn is legally back on the job and seeing patients while awaiting trial.

ABC 6 On Your Side Investigates questioned why the Ohio State Chiropractic Board has not taken any action on Dr. David T. Ryan’s license, showing him as “active” and “no discipline.”

The board’s mission is to protect the public’s health and safety and regulate chiropractors. It investigates complaints and decides whether or not to take action. However, complaints to the board are not made public and investigations are done in secret, out of public view.

In a Delaware County courtroom in February, Ryan, 56, of Lewis Center, denied and pleaded "not guilty" to the 82 counts of creating, reproducing or publishing obscene material. He was indicted on 38 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor, and 44 counts of Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor. Both types of charges are considered felonies of the second degree.

After bailing out of jail, ABC 6/FOX 28 cameras captured him coming and going from work. The board said allowing a chiropractor to work prior to potential conviction of a crime is customary.

ABC 6 On Your Side requested public records regarding Ryan as well as complaints against any chiropractors over the last decade, however, responses to requests explained that those records are confidential, not public and only kept for a limited number of years.

A tip was received by 6 On Your Side Investigates from someone who filed a 2003 complaint against Ryan alleging inappropriate behavior. Attempts were made to contact former board members since those complaints are not considered public record. None of those board members would comment on Ryan or couldn’t remember if there was a complaint.

Executive Director of the Ohio State Chiropractic Board Kelly Caudill denied several requests for interviews. She did speak with Investigator Brooks Jarosz once by telephone claiming sexual allegation complaints are taken seriously. Additionally, she explained the board won’t act without a conviction unless the chiropractor is deemed a danger to the public.

Ohio law does explain that the board could “take action on the commission of an act that constitutes a felony.” For comparison, 6 On Your Side Investigates checked with the state’s dental and medical boards. Both of those boards can take action on doctors, and in some cases have done so, before a trial begins.

Caudill only said Ryan’s charges are allegations and no warning to the public will be issued or posted at this time.

Ryan did not return calls for comment and his attorney Jeffery Blosser responded in an email and said, “no comment.”

A deeper look at the Ohio State Chiropractic Board’s public records shows since 2012, the board has taken action against 55 chiropractors. Right now, nine have licenses revoked, five forfeited, five suspended, six on probation and more than two dozen active following discipline.

The state board’s most recent annual report said it has opened 66 new investigations surrounding advertising, billing, treatment, solicitation, sexual misconduct and ethics, among others. However, out of 66, only four resulted in formal charges or citations.

Ryan is still legally a licensed chiropractor. Court documents explain conditions of his release until trial including no direct or indirect contact with minors, and no internet access except for business records.

Patients still may have no idea of accusations against him since the board shows him in good standing and without discipline.

There is no indication of any board action or complaints pending against Ryan.

Caudill explained record retention for complaints at the chiropractic board is three years, but they’re not public during or after those three years. That’s in contrast to the dental board, which holds onto complaints for five years or the medical board for 75 years.

Ryan’s trial for the child porn-related charges is scheduled for late June.

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