New Details In McKinney Chiropractor Sex Assault Case

By Jay Gormley & J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News

MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – Carla Mullendore has been praised and persecuted since she reported sexual abuse allegations against McKinney chiropractor Dr. David Russell.

The former instructor at Taylor Dance Center in McKinney said she’s had parents send her messages expressing their thanks. At the same time, though, she said she’s incurred anonymous emails that “just keep repeating, ‘I know what you did.”

“Morally, it’s the right thing to do,” Mullendore said of reporting the allegations to the police. “It’s disrupting a lot of lives, but I have a responsibility as an adult and a parent.”

Russell is charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman who was 16 at the time and another girl who is 13. McKinney Police are also investigating whether he sexually assaulted two other girls, although no charges have been filed.

Court documents show Russell worked as a volunteer at the Taylor Dance Center, teaching stretching and conditioning. Police say the alleged sexual assaults took place at his clinic while treating the two girls for groin injuries.

On Monday, CBS 11 obtained an email sent by the owner of the Taylor Dance Center, Suzan Taylor, to dozens of parents. In the message, she writes, “To be quite clear, I believe that these allegations to be 100% untrue.”

While the alleged sexual abuse was taking place, Russell and Taylor were in a long-term relationship, the doctor’s attorney said.

“They’re not married. They’re certainly not holding themselves out as husband and wife, but they’ve been an item – boyfriend, girlfriend – for almost a decade now,” said Todd Shaprio, Russell’s Plano-based attorney.

Shaprio replaced the doctor’s original lawyer, Collin County-based Raf De La Garza, over the weekend. Shapiro said Monday that the chiropractor invested money to help build Taylor a new studio.

In her email to parents, Taylor expresses concern that the allegations could end the project.

Mullendore, who was employed by the Taylor Dance Center for 16 years, said a teenaged student approached her and told her of the alleged abuse.

“She wasn’t comfortable with what happened and she was concerned about it and just asked us what we thought,” Mullendore said.

Soon after, Mullendore learned of a 13-year-old with the same story. The allegations outlined in a police affidavit say the same thing. Mullendore adds that she did her own research about chiropractic procedures before she alerted police.

“It certainly didn’t sound normal to me,” she said.

Mullendore said she approached authorities in February, but became frustrated that nothing was done in the months that followed. McKinney Police did not respond to a request for comment, but police affidavits allege one of the assaults happened after Mullendore came forward.

Russell was first arrested on Oct. 28 and again on Nov. 4. He was released on $100,000 bond each time.

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  • darrell

    seems to be deeper issues at stake than just alledged inappropriate behavior. that Venus vs Mars thing going off again.

    • altha

      This is just another White girl trying to get paid.

  • NiteNurse

    If you are sick and tired of hearing about all the child molesters in the news raise your hand. I almost pray for another Rick Perry oops moment or a natural disaster because with this guy and the Penn State guy I’m ready to break the TV. But then any story about sex will be the lead story for news it is November sweeps.

  • Julioleo

    Sounds more like the older girl freaked out over nothing and the 13 year old copied her.

    • Passerby

      Read the affidavit she gave the police. Then come back and tell us if you think that is getting freaked out over ‘nothing’. Copy cat accusations from a 13 yr old? Please!

  • C

    We’re having a lot of trouble with the McKinney Police Department. They don’t want to do their job. We had three neighbors that had to get on the phone as a group and request someone to come out and investigate an abused animal, after our separate phone calls didn’t work. They still never came. I’ve asked them to meet me at a business where the alarm was going off in the night and they just never showed. I’ve turned in proof of theft, and they’ve refused to investigate. I’ve been threatened by a McKinney police officer becuase I stopped in a parking lot at a soccer field to ask him a question. He threatened to arrest me and made my daughter cry, although I did nothing illegal but dare to ask him a question. I’m a regular citizen, an educated business owner with no criminal history. We have a real problem with the McKinney Police Department and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • JP

      Please report the abused animal to the Human Society. They will investigate.

    • JP

      The Humane Society of North Texas: 817-332-4768, ext. 113

  • darrell

    another thing to consider here is the “KA-CHING” factor after the recent court ruling against a private school for 9 million dollars.
    dont even dare say thats not possible. money is by far a bigger reason to pursue justice than the crime itself is in many cases. even if the guy ends up being aquitted of all possible charges there will be civil suits. you can bet on it now.

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  • David

    I doubt the police are going to arrest the man twice if they don’t feel that something illegal occurred. There’s a huge difference between a dance studio and a private school with a huge financial endowment. I doubt that the families would be able to collect their attorney fees if they sued and won.

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  • darrell

    C you sound like a selfish whiney crybaby. if you have issues with these agencies contact the appropriate organizations to attempt to resolve them. yes animal abuse should be dealt with quickly but there is more than one agency to call.
    but what really irritates me about you is that you put your relatively small issues out there like its the most important thing in the world in a blog about a child molester and then make no comment about that at all. like you dont care or have any concern because its not your problem.

  • Daniel Staggers

    I don’t know about you, but it seems to me if someone has a groin injury and go to a doctor, massage therapist, or anyone for that matter, they would certainly have to work on the groin? Doesn’t that make sense?

  • Chris

    My question is where are the parents? If my 13 yr old daughter had a groin injury and I had to take them to any professional to be worked on I would never leave them in the room alone. You know that the doctor whether male of female is going to be working close to an inappropriate area and lines can be blurred depending on the person and their personal comfort.

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