Board reinstates Iowa chiropractor accused in the past of inappropriately touching patients

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DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa chiropractor accused in the past of inappropriately touching female patients can resume practicing, a state board announced Wednesday.

The Iowa Board of Chiropractic's decision to reinstate Stuart Hoven's license is contingent on several conditions. He is on permanent probation and will need a female chaperone present when treating patients who are women. He must also submit to polygraph testing every six months.

Hoven, of Winterset, had been accused multiple times of inappropriately touching his patients' breasts. Two women reported incidents in 2012. Other patients reported incidents in 2004 that included alleged inappropriate comments of a sexual nature.

His license was suspended indefinitely in January 2013. Hoven later expressed interest in returning to work, but the board ruled in September 2013 that he wasn't ready.

A document filed by the board this month said Hoven has fully complied with requirements for seeking reinstatement. That includes completing individual and group therapy, as well as finishing a coaching program on professional sexual misconduct.

Hoven previously had clinics in Winterset and Osceola.

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