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McAdoo Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Abuse
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - A Mayfield chiropractor charged with sexually abusing his patients and facing up to 15 years in prison has accepted a plea deal that will require him to serve only 90 days behind bars, and will allow him to continue practicing after a year.

Dr. Stephen Douglas McAdoo pleaded guilty on Monday to a single misdemeanor count of criminal abuse. He originally faced three felony counts of 1st degree sexual abuse. The charges stemmed from complaints filed by victims who say McAdoo touched them inappropriately or fondled them while they were patients at McAdoo Chiropractic Center.

Special prosecutor Mark Blankenship recommended a one-year sentence, but McAdoo will reportedly be required to serve just 90 days in jail.  He will also be barred from practicing chiropractic care in Kentucky for one year, but may continue to practice after that. He will not be required to register as a sex offender. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 22.

McAdoo has faced similar allegations in the past. The Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners placed him on a two-year probation in 2006, after several women alleged he touched them inappropriately during treatment. His license was also suspended for 20 days, and he was fined $4,000. McAdoo denied any wrongdoing in that case.


West Kentucky Star originally reported that McAdoo pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse, which was not accurate. The story has been corrected. We apologize for the error.


Published 05:46 AM, Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017
Updated 08:56 PM, Monday Oct. 23, 2017

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