First on 10: Neighbor alleges chiropractor sexually assaulted a boy
A police report obtained by the NBC 10 I-Team contains allegations that Clive Bridgham – the Barrington chiropractor who was murdered in his Rumford home on January 10 – sexually assaulted a boy in the late 1990s.
Police went to Pleasant Street in Rumford in April 1999 to follow up on Bridgham’s complaint about a damaged fence that separated Bridgham’s yard from his former neighbor’s yard.
The neighbor told police that he hated Bridgham, because Bridgham had assaulted a 12-year-old boy.
The neighbor “stated that Bridgham was a pedophile and that he regretted having sent a 12-year-old boy to mow Bridgham’s lawn years ago because Bridgham sexually assaulted the boy,” the report states.
The report goes on to say that the neighbor told police the abuse complaint was dropped because “the boy’s family did not want to further traumatize the child by having him testify in the case.”
Sources told the NBC 10 I-Team that Owen Morris, a suspect in Bridgham’s murder, filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Department of Health alleging the doctor’s misconduct in 2016.
Sources said that complaint led Bridgham to surrender his license to practice in 2017, Rhode Island Department of Health records also indicate that Bridgham was placed on probation in 2003, after allegedly entering into a sexual relationship with one of his patients.
The probation was lifted three years later on June 15, 2006. He continued to practice until November 1, 2017 when he surrendered his license.