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Dr. David Allen of the Northfield Health & Wellnesss in West Orange.

Chiropractic Board stays vote on sex offender’s license

Due process concerns slow Grewal’s bid to block Bryan Bajakian’s return to practice

By Nikita Biryukov, November 30 2020 10:35 am

The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners on Monday issued a temporary stay of a motion for a consent order issued by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal that sought to reverse the reinstatement of a Paramus man convicted of sexual conduct toward minors online.

The board did not vote up or down on Grewal’s motion to once more strip Bryan Bajakian’s chiropractic license after receiving arguments that such a vote on Monday could violate Bajakian’s due process rights.

Bajakian, whose license was suspended in 2010 — the same year he was released from Prison after being convicted for luring or enticing underage girls on the internet and for illegally possessing a firearm — was not given a chance to respond to Grewal’s motion, a fact that the board’s leadership found somewhat troublesome.

The request for a delay came from Deputy Attorney General Nisha Lakhani, a fact that ground at the board’s membership, who convened Monday’s special meeting at Grewal’s request.

“You guys rushed us into this meeting, because you told us time is of the essence,” Board President David Allen said. “And now you’re telling us we can’t have a motion and explain why we’re doing the motion, and I think that’s ridiculous.”

Grewal’s motion claimed the board erred in its decision to reissue a license to Bajakian, saying they relied of a faulty psychosexual evaluation and ignored “egregious conduct” the attorney general said should be disqualifying.

Bajakian, who was found to have repeatedly violated an interim order barring him from treating minors without the supervision of a board-approved monitor, remains on parole and must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

The attorney general’s motion also charged the chiropractor lied to the board when he said he never sought to meet the minors he spoke with online in-person, though he admitted to repeatedly doing so during his plea hearing.

The committee’s next scheduled hearing is set for Dec. 17, though it’s not clear if the matter will be heard then or at another time.

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