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Chiropractor charged with sexual battery may have abused more patients, cops say

SAN MARCOS, Calif. --  Authorities believe a San Marcos chiropractor arrested last week on sexual battery charges may have victimized additional patients.

John Michals was arrested on April 25 and charged with one count of sexual battery, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Michals practices at The North County Health Services Department and Michals Family Chiropractic at 100 East San Marcos Blvd.

During the investigation, Detective Michael Tingley discovered another patient filed a similar complaint against Michals back in 2015.

“That complaint was investigated by the state chiropractic board – it was not brought forth to law enforcement. So there was no criminal charges filed," said Tingley.

A third victim came forward shortly after Michal's arrest, according to Tingley who said all victims are North County women ages 38 to 45.

“Because of this, we believe there may be additional victims who have yet to report.”

North County Health Services released a statement explaining Michals no longer works there and they are fully cooperating with authorities in their investigations.

Michal pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He's out on bond and is expected back in court later this month.

Further details have not yet been released.  Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at 760-510-5200.