Police say D.A. won’t help in Ovilla pseudo-doctor case
By 02/07/2008 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
OVILLA - Police investigators said a resident practicing medicine without a license has gotten away with allegations of inappropriate conduct on patients due to County/District Attorney Joe Grubbs' unwillingness to prosecute the case.
Since the late 1980s, Ovilla police allege Bruce Hacker of operating a chiropractic business without a license - an offense which could carry hefty fines and jail time if convicted.
Attempts to reach Grubbs and Hacker for comment were unsuccessful.
Police said it's not just the lack of a license which has OPD and numerous victims worried.
In 1996, Grubbs' office instructed Ovilla police to file the case as a Class C misdemeanor - in effect a speeding ticket - after the case was sent to assistant prosecutor Patrick M. Wilson as a grand jury referral.
Hacker was no-billed, according to Ovilla investigators, who also noted no evidence of penetration was evident on any of the victims.
Since then, numerous victims have come forward with allegations Hacker inappropriately touched them, police said.
Allegations about an Ellis County doctor mistreating patients are not new: In 2005, Ennis doctor Aniruddha Chitale is alleged to have sedated more than 20 patients and molesting them. One patient sued after Chitale was given 10 years probation and 180 days in county jail. He later had to surrender his medical license.
Hacker's latest victim, according to Ovilla police, was told she had breast cancer. In documents obtained by The Ellis County Press, the victim alleges Hacker placed his mouth on one of the victim's breasts and 'extracted' a substance from it.
While there are no criminal records on Hacker's background, his lack of a medical license stems from Tarrant County originally, according to the OPD.
And as recently as 2007, a state law enforcement agency sent an undercover officer into Hacker's office disguised as a patient. When it became apparent Hacker, a resident of the Glen Eagles subdivision south of Ovilla, was attempting to make inappropriate advances, the undercover agent fled, according to sources close to the incident.
'As a woman I feel as though we are still stuck in 1920,' said Waxahachie resident Allison Nogas, who has no connection to either incident.
'We have little right to safety [and] comfort we once thought we had behind the closed door of our physician. What's worse is no one in the right positions is willing to give it back to us.
'If a man were brought down to this level of humiliation, something would have been done and the humbled gentleman would have fatter pockets.'
Grubbs faces Red Oak attorney Rodney Pat Ramsey in the March 4 Republican primary. No Democrat or independent filed for the race.