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Investigators say sham therapist may have assaulted other women

DOUGLAS - Douglas County investigators say a man posing as a doctor and therapist has sexually assaulted three women.

Prosecutors charged Michael Ricks Wednesday with 31 counts, including sexual assault and criminal impersonation.Ricks is accused of using sexual objects to treat women at three clinics in Aurora and Highlands Ranch. On his Web site, Ricks claims to have a doctorate in psychology and to be a qualified chiropractor, cosmetologist, massage therapist and physical therapist.But investigators say all of his credentials are bogus. They say that he bought his degrees off the Internet. Investigators believe Ricks may have victimized other women. If you have any information relevant to this case, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office asks that you call 303-814-7131.