An Island man working as an acupuncturist in Everett was arrested this week for allegedly sexually abusing patients at his Everett-area practice and claiming the conduct was treatment, reports an article published by the Everett Herald Friday, April 18.
According to a police report and a search warrant filed in the Everett Division of Snohomish County District Court, Kuo Ching Yee, 79, of Mercer Island, has touched female patients inappropriately and engaged in other unwelcome sexual conduct. He was booked into the county jail in Everett on Wednesday for investigation of three counts of indecent liberties.
Records show it’s the second time that Yee has faced sexual misconduct allegations since being licensed to practice acupuncture in 1986. The state Department of Health investigated reports between 1990 and 1992 that Yee had inappropriately touched female patients. Yee kept his license after entering a 1992 agreement with state regulators including conditions he sought a sexual deviancy evaluation and agreed to only treat female patients in the presence of a woman who could monitor his conduct.
The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office learned that Yee has had a monitor on staff, but the woman has not always been present when he was treating patients and has health problems that limit her mobility.