By John Shannon
PALM BEACH GARDENS - The word chiropractic comes from two Greek words meaning, roughly, "done by hand."
But just where his hands went is something local chiropractor Daniel Schoenman of Palm Beach Gardens must now account for.
The Florida Department of Health temporarily closed his Gardens Chiropractic Center on 4212 Northlake Blvd., after the 52-year-old was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery several weeks ago, said Major Robert Artola of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department
"The arrest was a notice to appear," said Major Artola.
"He wasn't physically taken down to the county jail. On misdemeanors, they just have to sign a notice to appear in court."
Several other former patients have since come forward after the news broke on WPBF-TV 25, Hometown News' media partner, he said. All males, they complained that the chiropractor began normally and then proceeded to fondle them.
"It was just random patients," said Major Artola. "But they kept going back to him because they got results. (Mr. Schoenman) has been in business for a long time and he's a good doctor."
Victim's names cannot be released because of the sexual nature of the case, he explained.
The probable cause affidavit that led to Mr. Schoenman's arrest is an account of Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer John P. Boyle's investigation of the matter beginning in January last year.
In it, a nameless golf instructor recounts to the officer how he first met the chiropractor five years ago after an auto accident.
He was treated that year until another accident exacerbated an injury from 25 years earlier.
The chiropractor refused further treatment until the patient got an MRI.
After doing so, Mr. Schoenman suggested spinal adjustments of three times a week, which, according to the report, were successful.
But about six months into treatment, the patient noticed Mr. Schoenman slowly inching toward his groin, whereupon the patient asked if it was necessary.
Mr. Schoenman's reply, according to the affidavit, was, "Yes."
When the patient ejaculated, Mr. Schoenman laughed and said, "That's no charge," the report said.
When advised to seek another doctor by his primary physician, the two new chiropractors he eventually saw didn't help, so he went back to Mr. Schoenman.
Mr. Schoeman then advised his returning patient of various pressure points on the testes. The groin area massage continued several times a year throughout the year, the report said.
But toward the middle of 2004, things changed.
"Dr. Schoenman told (the patient) that he could no longer massage through the clothing like he did before," the report said.
This apparently proved too much for the patient.
But it wasn't until his appointment with pain specialist Louis Raso that the patient, on the doctor's advice, called the authorities.
In July, police had the patient conduct a "control phone call" to Mr. Schoenman, where the patient asked him if he touched his penis "because it was there."
The reply: "Yes."
This was enough for police to arrest Mr. Schoeman, charging him with battery, said Officer Boyle in the affidavit.
Mr. Schoenman did not return a message for comment.