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Chiropractor professing Christ charged with raping client

INDIANAPOLIS (CC) - Roc Anthony Byrd who advertised his services as a "Christian chiropractor," is facing 16 years in prison plus a fine of $10,000 if convicted on charges including one felony count of rape, five felony counts of sexual battery and four misdemeanor counts of battery, as Fox 59 Indianapolis reported.  

An alleged victim filed a lawsuit against Byrd and Cornerstone Chiropractic last December. He has denied all allegations.

The Christian Post reported that Byrd has been released on bond since posting bail in October. He has a pretrial hearing set for April 25.

Byrd worked as a chiropractor for Cornerstone Chiropractic in Avon, which is part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The Danville resident is alleged to have raped a client and inappropriately touched several clients, both over and under their clothing, without consent during treatment.

He is also accused of pressing his private parts up against multiple patients.  

Byrd reportedly recited prayers with his patients before their treatments began.

Hendricks County Sherriff's office personnel took him into custody after they executed a warrant in September 2023. He was charged with rape when the victim is unaware of the defendant’s actions: a Level 3 Felony in Indiana.

Byrd had been under investigation for almost one year prior to his arrest.

The chiropractor allegedly placed one of his digits inside of a female patient without her approval.

He reportedly told the accuser, “I thought that was what you wanted.”

Several of his former clients told authorities about their experiences with Byrd after his initial charges were made public. Their allegations included Byrd removing their clothing from their lower extremities, without their consent, before touching them inappropriately.

“It was so gradual … I feel so stupid now,” one accuser said.

Reportedly, eight former patients have alleged that Byrd sexually assaulted them at Cornerstone Chiropractic in Avon.

Court papers show that several of these accusers revealed to investigators that they struggled for lengthy intervals, while dealing with trying to understand Byrd’s alleged immoral behavior directed at them.

Some of the women said they’d trusted him because he advertised as a Christian Chiropractor, and also prayed with them before proceeding with therapy.

According to court records, Byrd and his legal team insisted that the second accuser’s allegations were untrue.

The second accuser told police that they had stopped visiting Byrd’s practice for treatment 13 years ago or more.

Byrd and his attorney claimed to have documents proving that the accuser continued to see the chiropractor into the mid-2010s.

The probable cause affidavit shows that investigators determined that Byrd had been involved in multiple adulterous affairs with clients during his career.

He allegedly communicated with the patients that he had extramarital relationships with via Telegram: a text messaging service.

One former client said Byrd used a messaging function built into an online Yahtzee gaming application to converse with those he had immoral intimate relationships with, according to court documents.

"Roc Byrd did not fear these allegations enough to stop assaulting his patients," an investigator stated when filing for the new charges.

The Holy Scriptures famously forbid adultery, fornication and homosexuality.


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