UPDATE: The S.C. Board of Chiropractic Examiners has suspended the license of a West Columbia chiropractor accused of assaulting three female patients.
The board, which operates as part of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, issued a temporary suspension order Friday afternoon. The order said the board has probable cause to order the suspension but did not elaborate on what that probable cause is.
The Lexington County chiropractor accused of assaulting patients is out of jail on a $50,000 bond but earlier on Friday was ordered to no longer treat female patients unless a third-party observer is in the room. Ronald Jeffrey Shows, who has a practice in West Columbia, was arrested Thursday for the second time in a week for allegedly sexually assaulting patients. He appeared before Lexington County Magistrate Judge Scott Whittle at 9 a.m. today for his bond hearing. Shows’ wife and three other supporters sat in the courtroom but declined to comment after the hearing. The judge told Shows that if he reopened his practice, he could not be alone in an exam room with female patients. "I would make that a disinterested third party," Whittle said. "If you see a female patient, you should advise them to bring a third party." Shows posted bond and was released from the Lexington County Detention Center just after noon, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. His defense attorney is Jon Ozmint, the former director of the S.C. Department of Corrections. Shows declined to comment after the hearing. Earlier this week, Shows was released on a $30,000 bond. He was re-arrested after a third woman reported an assault a few days later.