McLean acupuncturist charged with sexual assault

A 64-year-old man from McLean, Virginia, is accused of sexual assault, which he carried out during his acupuncture sessions.

Detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department obtained warrants for two counts of aggravated sexual battery against Dr. Chang Hee Kim, stemming from claims of unlawful touching of a female patient on July 14 and July 18 at the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine in Tysons.

The police department said it consulted with experts to determine that Kim’s examination was “beyond the scope of a medical examination” when he touched his patient’s genital area.

Kim turned himself in to the police on Tuesday. Officials gave him a $2,000 secured bond.

Fairfax police said Kim has been licensed to perform acupuncture in the state since 2005 and served as director of clinical operations at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine since 2015. He was also employed at other medical facilities in the region.

Before practicing in Virginia, Kim worked at an acupuncture clinic in California.

Police said anyone with more information or who believe Kim had inappropriate contact with them should call the department’s major crimes bureau at 703-246-7800, option 3. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone — 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by website.

Hugh Garbrick

Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college in 2020. While studying, he interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh is a lifelong MoCo resident, and has listened to the local radio quite a bit.

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