Butler County doctor who admitted to sex crimes against former patients learns prison sentence

By Jennifer Edwards Baker

HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - A Butler County chiropractor who recently admitted to 11 sex crimes against nine of his former patients and employees was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison

Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Haughey also ordered Dr. Stephen Boyd, 58, to register as a Tier III sex offender for life when he is released from prison and be on probation for five years.

The maximum sentence would have been 21.5 years.

Boyd was initially indicted on 26 sex-related charges following an investigation into claims that he inappropriately touched patients and engaged in misconduct for decades.

The indictment was four counts of rape, seven counts of sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery, one count of attempted rape and 12 counts of gross sexual imposition, a copy of it shows.

When Hamilton police arrested the 58-year-old physician in 2020, they said he victimized vulnerable people by performing sex acts on them in the course of his work as a chiropractor between November 1998 and March 2012.

Boyd pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery, five counts of attempted gross sexual imposition and four counts of gross sexual imposition.

The other 16 charges were dismissed.

The Ohio State Chiropractic Board sent Boyd a letter notifying him of sexual misconduct allegations by two patients dating back to 1989 and the early 1990s.

Two more patients with allegations as late as 2012 were added in June to the complaint.

Boyd inappropriately touched patients’ genital areas, massaged abdominal and thigh areas, took X-rays of genital areas and did other inappropriate touching, according to state and police records.

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