Austin chiropractor accused of sexually assaulting employee

Office of Texas Pain Network on Old Manchaca Road in Austin. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
Office of Texas Pain Network on Old Manchaca Road in Austin. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin chiropractor who has been accused of sexually assaulting a patient in 2007, is now facing a civil lawsuit from a former employee claiming he sexually assaulted her.

The suit claims 45-year-old Thuy Pete Nguyen, owner and operator of Texas Pain Network, harassed his chiropractic assistant when she was hired in early 2015. The plaintiff said within two weeks of being hired, Nguyen asked her to go to his house — connected to the south Austin office — and have sex, according to court documents.

Court documents show due to his 2007 case, he was working under a probated chiropractor license from 2008 through 2015.

The plaintiff says the situation worsened when Nguyen’s probation expired in the summer of 2015. At that time, she says he made her perform oral sex on him. According to the suit, when the employee started looking for a new job, Nguyen became “more aggressive and violent” and ultimately sexually assaulted her in September. She left her job after the alleged sexual assault.

Nguyen’s wife, Ann Marie Nguyen, says her husband isn’t the man described in court papers.

“I’d love to just clear my husband’s name. Unfortunately an employee that’s worked with us part-time off and on for about 10 years has hit some hard times. And I guess this is a plea to just try to get some money in. It’s unfortunate,” said Ann Marie. “I support my husband 100 percent. We work together, we run our companies together, we’re by each other’s side every day.”

Austin police say a rape case was filed in June 2015, but that the case is closed and no arrests were made.

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners tells KXAN they did not receive a complaint regarding the recent allegations. They say Dr. Nguyen is currently licensed to practice as of Jan. 5, 2016, pending further investigation into the matter.

“He’s an amazing man, the most amazing man I’ve ever met, an incredible father. People who love him in our community all are standing behind him 1,000 percent,” said Ann Marie.

Records show Nguyen agreed to a plea deal in 2008 in connection with the 2007 case. The paperwork shows the sexual assault case against him was dismissed and refiled as an aggravated assault charge. He was sentenced to seven years probation for the lesser charge. His probation indicated he could not have any unsupervised chiropractic services with female clients or patients. He was also not allowed to conduct any laser removal procedures during that time. Nguyen was not registered as a sex offender.

KXAN reached out to the plaintiff’s attorney several times, but did not receive a call back.

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