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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Grewal seeks to block chiropractic license for sex offender

By Nikita Biryukov, November 25 2020 3:44 pm

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a motion with the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners seeking to reverse its decision to allow a Paramus man convicted of sexual misconduct toward minors, including a patient, online.

“There is no way a dangerous, convicted child sexual predator should ever be allowed to work as a healthcare provider in our state, and certainly no way that a decision to re-license such an individual as a chiropractor should ever be made in secret, without the input of his victims or my office,” Grewal said.

The board voted to reinstate Bryan Bajakian’s license unanimously after rejecting his request to be allowed to return to his practice in 2018.

Bajakian’s 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.

The board the found he repeatedly violated an interim order barring him from treating minors without the supervision of a board-approved monitor. He remains on parole and must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

“Bryan Bajakian’s heinous crimes and other misconduct rightly convinced the Board to revoke his license in 2010 — a decision that should never have been reversed,” Grewal said. “We will do everything we can to prevent this Megan’s Law offender and others from returning to practice.”

The attorney general’s motion argues the board should not have allowed Bajakian the chance to reapply, saying the 2010 order revoking his license did not provide for his eventual relicensure.

It also charges the board based its decision to reissue a license to Bajakian on a faulty psychosexual evaluation and ignored “egregious conduct” Grewal said should be disqualifying. Bajakian told the board he never sought to meet the minors he spoke with online in-person, though he admitted repeatedly doing so during his plea hearing.

The Division of Consumer affairs is also launching new regulations for professional boards that will require they give public notice on license reinstatements.

Passaic County Republican Chairman John Traier is the board’s public member. The body has set a hearing on Grewal’s motion for 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 30.

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