|For Immediate Release
Case # 12HF2561
September 6, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
65-YEAR-OLD CHIROPRACTOR TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 28-YEAR-OLD FEMALE CLIENT DURING THERAPY SESSION
SANTA ANA – A 65-year-old chiropractor is scheduled to be arraigned today for sexually assaulting a 28-year-old female client during a massage therapy session. Dennis Scott Durbin, 65, Costa Mesa, is charged with one felony count of sexual battery by fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Durbin is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Sept. 6, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
In 2011, Jane Doe visited Sky Park Chiropractic in Irvine and met with the defendant to receive chiropractic therapy for an injured knee. On July 19, 2012, Jane Doe visited the office again for an appointment and the defendant is accused of offering a massage service in addition to Jane Doe’s regular treatment program.
On Aug. 4, 2012, Jane Doe returned for a massage therapy appointment. During the massage, the defendant is accused of inappropriately touching Jane Doe on intimate parts of her body. No further details will be revealed at this time.
Jane Doe reported the case to the National Sexual Assault hotline, who then contacted the Irvine Police Department (IPD)
The investigation by IPD is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact IPD Detective Victoria Hurtado at (949) 724-7194 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.
If convicted, Durbin will be required to register as a sex offender. The defendant will be barred from entering County recreational areas and City parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance. Visit www.orangecountyda.com to read the prior press releases on the County’s Sex Offender Ordinance as well as 13 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance. Durbin would be allowed to enter Irvine City parks because its ordinance does not exclude sex offenders whose prior offense was not against a child victim.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Nicole Nicholson of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.