Prosecutors in Missouri released troubling allegations Monday against a chiropractor who they say spent generations attacking Amish females of all ages to conduct perverse “treatments” on them under the pretense of medical checks.
Prosecutors in Jackson County, Missouri, have charged 70-year-old David B. Clark with five charges of felony sodomy and sexual assault for a string of attacks that date back to at least the 1980s and may include dozens more victims.
According to his victims, Clark would inappropriately touch their breasts and massage their genitals while doing what he stated were normal breast and pelvic checks.
According to local media, the FBI led an investigation that prompted the present accusations against Clark from five accusers, four of whom were minors at the time.
Clark called himself a “naturopath” and sought out members of the Amish population who were unfamiliar with conventional treatment by opening a clinic south of Kansas City called Health+Plus.
According to reports, most of those he assaulted had never seen a doctor before meeting Clark and had no idea what to expect from a gynecologic procedure.
His victims’ families were sometimes present during the attacks.
According to one of his victims, Clark’s actions would alter depending on whether or not her parents were there. One woman said Clark used suction devices on her breasts to alleviate her nasal congestion.
Another said she was extremely uncomfortable for years following Clark’s pelvic therapy, which he did without gloves, but it wasn’t until she was an adult that she understood what had occurred.
According to a report, the Amish are a group of Christians that first emerged in 16th-century Switzerland during the Protestant Reformation. They are a subsection within the Anabaptist tradition distinguished by their communal values, emphasis on a simple lifestyle, and rejection of technology.
In the eighteenth century, the Amish began arriving in North America, particularly in the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. There are now Amish settlements throughout more than half of the United States and Canada. Amish settlements have sprung up as far afield as Mississippi. New Mexico, and Colorado.