LAFAYETTE – Lafayette’s chiropractor and Rensselaer’s native, Dr. James Pucka faces allegations of sexual harassment by several patients.
According to documents recently released by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, five of Pucka’s patients who received treatment at Pucka’s business, The Spine Worx in Lafayette, accuse him of sexually harassing them while he was in their care. Patients in the documents are listed as patients A through E in the “Facts that support a clear and immediate danger” section.
Patient A accused Pucka of telling her in front of other patients and staff that “one of them would get naked at the end of the appointment,” and added that it would not be him.
Pucka was also accused of running her fingers under the straps of the patient’s bra and reportedly commented on her breasts, saying “they were the cause of her back pain.”
Patient B reported that Pucka also told him in front of other patients and staff that one of them would get naked at the end of the appointment and that it would not be him. She also told him that her back pain was caused by the size of her breasts.
During another appointment, the patient said Pucka wondered how she could get pregnant because of her stress. Patient B added that during an appointment, Pucka placed her body between her legs and “pressed the groin area against the groin area of patient B.” Allegedly, when the patient asked if Pucka had finished treatment, she responded by asking if she felt uncompressed.
Patient C said she saw Pucka at The Spine Worx during her pregnancy. She alleges that Pucka touched her in a sore area and asked her how the patient’s husband got her pregnant “if it couldn’t be touched there.”
Another patient, patient D of the documents, is a former employee of The Spine Worx. He also stated that Pucka said they “should undress” in front of other patients and staff and later commented on the size of her breasts. She added that Pucka told her “she was hot” and asked her to “let him put his hands on her.”
In Patient E’s report, he said Pucka showed him a picture of a person tied up and tied up with a pig while suggesting the position as a possible treatment.
The same patient also said Pucka told him that a possible treatment could include “in positions of a sexual nature” involving the patient’s “child’s toy” for at least 12 minutes. She added that if her “kid’s toy” couldn’t last that long, he could help her and pointed to her crotch.
Because of these allegations, the Attorney General’s Office is requesting an emergency hearing to determine whether Pucka’s licensed Indiana chiropractor is suspended for “a period not to exceed 90 days.” State Attorney General’s officials believe Pucka “poses a clear and immediate danger if he is allowed to continue practicing.”
The decision to suspend or not Pucka’s license rests with the Indiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, which is scheduled to meet in July. The Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to hold a hearing where the parties involved could present evidence and arguments before the July board meeting.
Pucka has been a licensed chiropractor in the state of Indiana since 1991. He ran a business in the Rensselaer Old Town Mall before moving his family to Lafayette to open a practice there.