Iowa board says chiropractor not ready for license

Published On: Sep 09 2013 04:07:40 PM CDT

State regulators say a south-central Iowa chiropractor accused of inappropriately touching female patients in the past is not ready to resume practicing.

The Iowa Board of Chiropractic says in a filing released Monday that it's not willing to risk returning 35-year-old Stuart Hoven to practice before he can prove to the board that he is not a danger to the public welfare.

Hoven, of Winterset, has been accused multiple times of inappropriately touching his patients' breasts. Two women reported incidents last year. Other patients reported incidents in 2004.

The Des Moines Register reports Hoven's license was suspended in January, but he has since expressed interest in returning to work. He applied in March for reinstatement.

Hoven's lawyer says he just received the decision and had no comment.