The 60-year-old spine professional who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in an Irvine chiropractor office isn’t the first and won’t be the last to engage in improper behavior, according to a Los Angeles attorney.
“Doctors, lawyers, politicians, essentially people with power and privilege, are perceived as better humans and less likely to engage in abuse of power,” said Tracy Pearson, a legal expert who is not a party to the case. “However, because this conduct is not about sex, but power, it isn’t surprising that people who hold power and privilege in society abuse it.”
Lincoln Esguerra Carillo was charged with felony sexual penetration by means of fraudulent representation of professional purpose, sexual battery by fraud and touching an intimate part of another person, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
“Chiropractors and other medical professionals are trusted by their patients to treat them with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer in a statement online. “Instead, this individual preyed on their vulnerability and sexually assaulted them.”
In addition to offices in Orange County, Carillo was linked to Artesia, Los Angeles, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, Long Beach, Irvine, Upland, Cerritos, Costa Mesa, Placentia, Garden Grove, Riverside and Herndon, Virginia.
Carillo worked at Twins Chiropractic in Irvine for some four years and treated a female patient there multiple times for chronic neck pain between April and May 2021. During seven of the visits, Carillo is accused of sexually assaulting her. The woman reported the sexual assaults to the Irvine Police Department in May 2021.
A total of seven women so far have reported being assaulted but authorities believe there may be other victims.
“The biggest challenge in this situation, speaking from experience in receiving massage therapy, is that one falls asleep,” Pearson told OrangeCountyLawyers.com. “If you are asleep, you aren’t as aware of your environment, so it is important to take steps to vet the people who are providing the service.”
Carillo, who was arrested in Virginia last week, was transported to Orange County and is currently being held on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday July 15 and faces a maximum state prison sentence of 24 years.
“Society is shifting toward survivors owning their power and reporting misconduct,” Pearson said in an interview. “California is a leader in establishing what consent means and what it doesn’t. Generally, California has led the country in protecting patients from predatory providers.”
For example, the Sexual Abuse and Cover-up Accountability Act, which became effective on Jan. 1, creates a three-year look back window for any alleged conduct that happened between January 1, 2009, and January 1, 2019.
The law sunsets December 31, 2026, allowing victims to pursue civil claims that might have been precluded due to statutes of limitation.
“The ability to charge criminally is more generous in California,” Pearson said. “For example, California has approximately 18 charges that address sexual misconduct and it is common for other charges, like battery to also be included in charging documents.”
Pearson advises reading reviews before booking massage or chiropractor appointments as well as obtaining recommendations from trusted friends and family members. “If possible, lean toward same-sex providers, though that is not a guarantee,” she added. “Anyone can engage in misconduct. Trust your gut. If you are uncomfortable, leave.”
Juliette Fairley covers legal topics for various publications including the Southern California Record, the Epoch Times and Pacer Monitor-News. Prior to discovering she had an ease and facility for law, Juliette lived in Orange County and Los Angeles where she pursued acting in television and film.