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Athletic trainer facing charges for inappropriate contact with patients

Article reposted from WZZM13
Author: Sarah Sell

A high school athletic trainer and physical therapist is facing charges for allegedly taking inappropriate pictures of his clients.

Justin Greenlaw, 27, of Grand Rapids was an employee of Spectrum Health. The charges are related to two adult clients. Investigators are also looking into whether there were any victims at a local high school, where he has been the athletic trainer since 2013.

Kent City School Superintendent Mike Weiler says the charges against Greenlaw are disturbing to hear.

“Absolutely,” Weiler said. “We’re concerned about all our kids. So that’s the first thing that goes through your mind. All the students he had been treating for the past two-and-a-half years.”

Besides being assigned to Kent City Schools, Greenlaw was also sent to Display Pack in Grand Rapids where he was assisting employees with back pain. On July 6 two adults reported inappropriate conduct during their sessions.

Grand Rapids police searched Greenlaw’s home and car and found numerous electronic devices. He now faces two charges of surveilling an unclothed person and two charges of using a computer to commit a crime.

In a statement, Spectrum Health says: “We are very distressed to learn of this issue. Preserving the safety and privacy of Spectrum Health patients is our highest priority. … The employee has been terminated.”

In Kent City, Weiler says the investigation is still ongoin.  The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is trying to determine if there were any victims at the middle or high school. A letter was sent home to parents, last week.

“Just notifying them of the situation and asking them to contact us if there were any issues regarding this matter,” Weiler said.

Greenlaw was arrested late last week, bonded out of jail, and will officially be arraigned on the four felony charges Thursday, July 21.