RAPE-ARREST

COLASANTI

An Elizabethtown chiropractor was arrested Monday and charged with two sex offense felonies involving minors who were patients of his, according to an arrest citations.

Matthew J. Colasanti, 32, is charged with one count of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sexual abuse of two girls.

Colasanti operates Colasanti Chiropractic on Ring Road.

On Nov. 25, a juvenile female relative of Colasanti told Elizabethtown police that he offered to give her a back adjustment and while she was lying face down on a table, he reportedly began to fondle her and then raped her, according to an arrest citation.

The girl said she jumped off an examination table and ran into a bathroom “until another adult employee came into the office so she could leave,” the citation stated.

According to arrest citations, another reported victim, 16, was touched inappropriately during almost all of her visits while getting her back adjusted from April of this year through June. She had appointments once a week for three months and told police that Colasanti “wouldn’t touch her when she was brought in the office by an adult.’’

The accused would rub her buttocks under her clothes during the adjustments for upper back pain, the citation stated, as well as touch other areas of her body and then would make comments about her.

“We aren’t making any assumptions about the possibility of other victims,” Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman John Thomas said. “If there are other victims we urge them to come forward.”

EPD can be contacted at 270-765-4125.

First-degree rape is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, while first-degree sexual abuse is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.

Colasanti will be arraigned today in Hardin District Court on the charges. He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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