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Whatcom County Courthouse in Bellingham, WA (July 29, 2016). My Ferndale News file photo

Ferndale chiropractor pleads guilty to assault

It was in July 2015 local chiropractor Terry Ray Rouse was taken into custody on a charge of rape in the 2nd degree, a Class A felony.

This week, Rouse pled guilty to a amended charge of assault in the 3rd degree, a class C felony. According to court documents, Rouse, age 57, caused bodily harm accompanied by substantial pain causing considerable suffering to the two victims on separate dates in March and May 2015.

According to court documents, Rouse was sentenced to 60 days detention with the option for electronic home detention plus he is required to pay $500 in victim assessment and $200 in court costs. A 5-year no-contact order between Rouse and the 2 victims was also issued during sentencing.

Rouse’s chiropractor license remains suspended since August 2016 pending a hearing regarding the charges according to the Washington State Department of Health.

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Rouse’s chiropractic practice, Rouse Chiropractic Office, has been located in the 2000 block of Vista Drive.


  1. LAURIE IRWIN LAURIE IRWIN September 13, 2017

    This has become a smut magazine! Do you know exactly what happen in this situation? Way to stand behind a fellow Ferndale business person! Do you know both sides? Were you there? Were you a witness? I would be embarrassed to be a part of this site!

    • Discover Ferndale Discover Ferndale September 14, 2017

      Smutty? We’ll have to agree to disagree there. To avoid just that, the reporting was limited to the courts final ruling, leaving out details of the actions he was accused of. Sadly, other media outlets were happy to include those sordid details which are inappropriate for younger readers, benefit no one and only serve to embarrass those involved.

      There are stories I hate to write. This was one of them. But stories like this are written in order to minimize the rumor mill’s ability to exaggerate situations.

      I recall posting live updates about the fatal crash involving Windward students on W Smith Rd while tears streamed down my face. This is not always enjoyable work. Keeping the community accurately and completely informed won’t always be rainbows and unicorns.

      I do welcome the feedback. It may surprise you that others commented at the tactfulness in reporting this story. But I’m working in a vacuum here and constantly worry that I may miss a bigger picture or perspective. Feedback, positive and negative, helps towards that end.

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