Columbus chiropractor indicted on child pornography charges

David T. Ryan

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) — Dr. David T. Ryan was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury.

According to Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Carol O’Brien, Ryan, 56, of Lewis Center, was indicted after it was reported an individual had e-mail transactions known to contain child pornography. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office along with the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the downloading of child pornography to pinpoint Dr. David Ryan.

“It took several agencies working together to ultimately track down Dr. David Ryan,” said O’Brien. “The result was a search warrant being issued on Dr. Ryan’s home, in Orange Township, and ultimately, his arrest.”

Several electronic items were seized in a search warrant executed at Ryan’s home. Another search warrant was obtained for an additional electronic item, which was seized at his business, Columbus Chiropractic Center.

Ryan is charged with 82 second-degree felony counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor, and 44 second-degree felony counts of Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor.

Ryan is in jail. Arraignment has not yet been set.

“He is revictimizing these children, and they are children, every time he looks at it and every time he downloads it,” O’Brien said.

“Anyone who’s out there who does this, all I can say is ‘put your daughter there, put your son there’ because it is a big deal.”

Detective Jason Campbell say forensic evidence on Ryan’s devices show when and where the illegal pornography was downloaded and stored.

Campbell said it’s important to stop to intervene wherever children are being victimized.

“This can be somewhat of a gateway to further activities and then criminal behavior – not all of the time but those two things have been found in the past to go hand in hand.”

Dr. Ryan is involved in the bodybuilding and fitness communities in Central Ohio, working out at a gym in Worthington and volunteering at the Arnold Sports Festival.

Michael Davies, who is one of the owners of that gym, said he’s known Ryan for the better part of 30 years and that Ryan had worked out at the gym as recently as yesterday.

“I can’t say that he’s ever done anything with malice or anything,” Davies said. “He seems to be, he’s a decent human being. At least I thought he was.”

A few months ago, Davies said, Ryan came to him to explain things Davies might be hearing. He said Ryan told him items had been seized from his home and claimed it was because his WiFi had been hacked.

“‘Whatever you’re going through, it doesn’t need to be my business, until it’s my business,’ which of course now it is,” Davies said.

With Ryan now facing dozens of child pornography charges, Davies said he’s angry, but not entirely shocked. Other members of the gym, he said, have mixed emotions.

“Whether you’re mad, you’re sad, you’re angry, you’re just bewildered, everybody’s like, ‘His life is over,'” Davies said.

Davies said workers and clients of Ryan’s chiropractic business must be floored, too.

“The parents who’ve taken their kids there—I mean, I took my son there when he was 10, 11, 12 years old,” Davies said. “Dave’s a competent chiropractor. I was always right there with him and I know Dave personally and I’d never have my kid alone with anybody anyway, but still, just the thought of that, just thinking back, it’s a mind scramble.”

Ryan was also involved with the Arnold Sports Festival. Brent LaLonde, a spokesperson for the Arnold, said Ryan volunteered with the medical team beginning in the 1980s and resigned as co-chair in 2012. LaLonde said Ryan continued to volunteer for events as recently as last year, but always with adult events. Now, he’s been removed from the volunteer list.

“If he gets exonerated or not, people aren’t going to let that go,” Davies said. “The fact that you’re even being investigated for something that involves kids—you know how that is. You know the stigma that comes with that.”

Ryan’s license with the state chiropractic board is still active. The executive director told NBC4 she couldn’t confirm or deny specifics of his case but said the board does not impose discipline unless or until someone is convicted of a felony. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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