An Orem chiropractor was sentenced to prison Tuesday for reportedly sexually abusing and raping multiple patients.

Dale Heath was found guilty by a jury in September of one charge of object rape, a first-degree felony; one charge of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and three charges of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. On Tuesday, Fourth District Judge Derek Pullan sentenced Heath to five years to life in prison for the first-degree felony of object rape.

Heath was also sentenced to up to one year in prison on each of the sexual battery counts and one to 15 years in prison for the forcible sexual abuse charge. Those sentences will run concurrently with one another.

A woman came to police in 2011 saying Heath had touched her inappropriately while giving her a chiropractic treatment, according to the probable cause statement. Though police investigated and found another woman who said she had previously been touched inappropriately during a treatment, Heath was not charged at that time.

In 2013, another woman also told police Heath had touched her inappropriately during treatment. At that point, police questioned Heath, and he entered into an agreement to have chaperones present whenever he treated female patients.

Another woman came forward in 2015, saying that Heath had also touched her inappropriately during a treatment. She had originally dismissed the contact as something incidental to treatment, and went back for another session with Heath, the probable cause statement says.

At that treatment, the woman told police Heath touched her in manner she believed was intentional and clearly inappropriate.

Heath originally told police that he had never treated a female without a chaperone present since the agreement, but chaperones later told police that they had signed patient logs indicating they had been present for treatments of females when they had not been present for such visits.

A new felony charge was filed against Heath on Tuesday for false/inconsistent material statements, a second-degree felony. An initial court appearance for that charge is set for Feb. 2.

Katie England covers politics, the environment and courts for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, the environment and courts for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.