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Council appoints chiropractor accused of sexual misconduct

Greg Summers, the embattled former chiropractor who's mired in charges of alleged sexual misconduct with his patients, was recently appointed to the North Lake Management District by the Federal Way City Council.

At its June 4 meeting, the council approved the appointment by a vote of 7-0.

In light of the realization of Summers' legal troubles, the council is calling a special meeting for 5 p.m. June 11 in the committee room at City Hall to review Summers' application to the management district.

"The council wants to discuss the lack of candor by Summers about his previous profession and his ongoing legal issues, and the fact that none of this was included in his application for this appointment," said Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell. "I am deeply disturbed that we were not informed of any vetting done by the city staff before this confirmation."

On the application to the management district, Summers listed his employer as Branches Garden Center, and added that he has degrees in biology and zoology.

"I like to help my community," Summers told The Mirror. "That is who I have always been and will always be."

Along with this, city documents show that Summers had recently applied for a rezoning for two properties he owns in the North Lake area. The application seeks to rezone the properties from corporate park zoning to single family high-density residential. The properties are located south of the lake near the Weyerhaeuser headquarters.

Summers' legal troubles started in 2012, when King County filed felony indecent liberties charges against him. With that allegation, one former patient alleged he groped her breasts during an appointment. The woman's claims initially fell by the wayside until two more women came forward last year with similar stories.

Last November, the state Department of Health suspended Summers' medical license. His practice, Summers Chiropractic and Massage, has since been sold. He has not been jailed. He pleaded not guilty at his March 21 arraignment at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. Summers was scheduled for a hearing on the felony indecent liberties charge on May 2, but that hearing was pushed back to June 28, with a trial set for July 22, according to the Washington courts website. If convicted, he would have to register as a sex offender, according to state law.

 

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