A chiropractor working out of a wellness center in downtown Highland Park has been charged with three counts of felony sex crimes for inappropriate conduct with a 22-year-old client during a treatment June 12.
Kevin G. Dutton, 38, of the 800 block of North Rockwell Street, Chicago, is scheduled to appear in Lake County Circuit Court July 11 on one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.
The patient, a Lake Forest woman, reported to Highland Park police June 12 that Dutton had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct during a treatment that day at the Wellness Circle, 806 Central Ave. Dutton is an independent contractor at the facility.
Following a week-long police investigation, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the charges. Dutton turned himself in to authorities June 19 after police obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
Dutton, who has held a chiropractor’s license in Illinois since 2005, has never been disciplined by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, according to state records.
Susan Hofer, the agency’s spokesperson, said the criminal charges will not prevent Dutton from renewing his three-year license, which is set to expire at the end of July. However, Dutton will need to practice under the supervision of a chaperone pending a disposition of the charges in Lake County Circuit Court.
Under a 2011 state law, a chaperone order goes into effect when a health care professional is charged with a crime that requires registration as a sex offender if convicted, Hofer said.
The chaperone plan is subject to state approval, and the chaperone must be a licensed professional with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Conviction on any of the charges would trigger an automatic revocation of his state license, Hofer said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the case or similar incidents to contact the Highland Park Police Department at 847-432-7730, or their local law enforcement agency.