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San Marcos chiropractor arrested for alleged sexual battery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Detectives investigating accusations by three women that a North County chiropractor groped them during treatments asked any other alleged victims Wednesday to come forward.
   
John Charles Michals, 42, who practices at a private office and a clinic in San Marcos, was arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of committing sexual battery on a patient in March, according to sheriff's officials. He has since bailed out of jail and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor count.
   
Since then, two other women have reported similar offenses allegedly suffered during sessions with Michals, one last year and the other in 2015, Detective Michael Tingley said.
   
"Because of this, we believe there may be additional victims who have yet to report,'' the detective said.
   
Anyone with information on this case, or additional cases of sexual battery, is asked to contact Detective Tingley at the San Marcos Sheriff's Station at (760) 510-5200.

The North County Health Services released the following statement to CBS News 8: 

"Dr. Michals is no longer employed with North County Health Services. We take any and all allegations regarding patient care seriously. Our priority is always the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. We empathize with patients anytime they feel their trust may have been compromised. North County Health Services is fully cooperating with authorities in their investigations. Further questions may be directed to Alexis Gutierrez, Partner at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack."

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