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* Jason Goettsch Antioch Chiropractor Sentenced In Drugging And Sexual Assault Case

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A former Antioch chiropractor who pleaded no contest to drugging two women and sexually assaulting one of them in February 2008 was sentenced today to four years in state prison. Jason Goettsch, 38, will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and has had his chiropractor’s license revoked. Goettsch was originally charged with eight felonies for allegedly drugging the two women with the intent to sexually assault them, oral copulation with a drugged victim, digital penetration of a drugged victim and possession of gamma hydroxy butyrate, or GHB, also known as the date rape drug, on Feb. 21, 2008, in Antioch.He pleaded no contest in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez last week to one count of oral copulation on a drugged person, administering a drug with the intent to commit a sexual offense and furnishing a drug.In exchange for his plea, the district attorney’s office dismissed the remaining charges.”What he did was absolutely reprehensible and he should, in my opinion, be in prison for the rest of his life,” Deputy District Attorney Andrea Tavenier said after the hearing last week.But, she said, if the case had gone to trial, it would have been a difficult process for the victims, who would have had to testify, Tavenier said.Dirk Manoukian, Goettsch’s attorney, said that the woman Goettsch was accused of assaulting was not unconscious, had not been drugged and that the sexual contact was consensual. He said that Goettsch was not admitting guilt by entering his no-contest plea, but believed it was in his best interest to take the plea deal.If convicted of all the charges, Goettsch could have been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison and he didn’t want to risk going to trial, Manoukian said.By taking the plea deal, Goettsch will be out of prison in a few months, since he will get credit for the time he has already spent in county jail. Because the crimes to which he pleaded are considered non-violent, he will only have to serve half of his sentence, Manoukian said “The most difficult thing for Mr. Goettsch was not having the truth come out, not having his day in court,” Manoukian said. He said that while Goettsch was not proud of his actions during the time of the incident, the facts of the case didn’t support the original charges.On the day of the alleged assault, the two victims, who are cousins, had gone shopping for a wedding dress for the victim Goettsch allegedly assaulted. After shopping, they went out to dinner and then to a bar called the 19th Hole in Antioch, where they bumped into Goettsch.Goettsch knew one of the women from his chiropractor practice and allegedly bought the women drinks.The women later told investigators the drinks tasted funny and they believed they had been spiked, police said.A short time later, the two women got into a car with Goettsch and a male friend of his and went to Goettsch’s office, where he was reportedly going to adjust one of the victim’s necks, detectives said.They returned to the bar about an hour later, and a short time after that Antioch police Officer James Stenger, who was on patrol in the area, saw Goettsch and his friend dragging an extremely intoxicated woman from the bar to a nearby car.Stenger called an ambulance for the woman and arrested Goettsch on a probation violation stemming from a 2007 drunken driving conviction, Stenger said during a preliminary hearing in the case.When officers searched Goettsch, they allegedly found a two-ounce bottle of a clear liquid later determined to be GHB. The bottle was three-quarters full, police said.The intoxicated woman was taken to a local hospital, where tests confirmed that she had alcohol and GHB in her system, police said. Later that night, a bartender from the 19th Hole called police and told a dispatcher she believed the woman had been sexually assaulted. She told police to check Goettsch’s friend’s cell phone, which she had seen the men showing to the security guard at the bar.Police found several photos and eight videos on the phone. The videos allegedly showed Goettsch sexually assaulting an unconscious woman as she lay face down on what looked like a massage table, police said. The woman was later identified as the cousin of the woman who had been taken to the hospital.”It is absolutely false to say that she was unconscious,” Manoukian said.He said the woman was talking during the incident and at one point Goettsch allegedly asked her if she liked what he was doing to her and she said yes, Manoukian said.Within five or 10 minutes of the incident, the woman was up and called a friend to come get her. A short time later, she was able to drive, which would be impossible if she had just been unconscious from GHB, Manoukian said.She was never tested for the presence of GHB in her system, which is untraceable within 12 hours of ingestion.Four days after the alleged assault, police met with the victim depicted in the video and showed her the footage.The woman gasped and started crying when she saw what had allegedly been done to her. Until she saw the video, she had no idea she had been sexually assaulted, Antioch police Detective Diane Freier said.

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