Motions filed in chiropractor CSC case

MARQUETTE – The criminal sexual conduct case against a former Munising chiropractor continued this week.

George Conrad-Spencer Young, a 54-year-old former employee of the HealthQuest chiropractic clinic of Alger County, has been charged with eight counts of fourth-degree CSC, using force or coercion.

Each count is punishable by up to two years in prison and a $500 fine.

Young’s accusers are former patients and the charges are related to alleged conduct during chiropractic visits.

According to court records, at a Monday hearing in front of Alger County Circuit Court Judge William Carmody the prosecution made a motion to consolidate the eight cases against Young, while the defense moved for a change of venue in the case.

Carmody delayed ruling on the motions until May 6, when Young is scheduled to be in court again.

Previously, defense attorney Brandon Rickard said the accusations against his client began “stacking up” after HealthQuest published an apology letter – following a previous incident involving Young – to patients that ran in The Munising News in late December.

The letter from HealthQuest, dated Dec. 26 and signed by company president and CEO Solomon Colgan, states that Young “has recently encountered problems with the law and his actions have fallen far below HealthQuest standards.”

In December, Young entered a guilty plea to an assault and battery charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,525 in fines, costs and restitution.

In a related case, Alger County Sheriff’s Office deputy Billy Carlson has been charged in connection with an alleged assault of Young. Carlson, 42, of Munising is charged with one count of assault and battery, a misdemeanor. He waived arraignment in late March.

Carlson allegedly assaulted Young when the latter was an inmate in the Alger County Jail in December.

Rickard has said Carlson is the husband of an alleged victim.

Carlson’s case is being prosecuted by Delta County Prosecutor Steve Parks and Marquette District Court Judge Dennis Girard is presiding. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on April 12.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.