Psychologist gets jail time for sexual contact with patients

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo psychologist accused of having sexual contact with patients will avoid prison.

A judge Wednesday sentenced David Thayer to 6 months in jail and 5 years of probation. Thayer pleaded guilty last month to three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in three of the seven cases he was charged in.

Thayer was first charged in April for an alleged incident involving a patient from late last year. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division then identified multiple victims from this year.

The state of Michigan describes fourth-degree CSC involving a mental health professional as “sexual contact” between the suspect and patient during or within two years of therapy. The law says “consent of the victim is not a defense and a prosecution under this subsection shall not be used as evidence that the victim is mentally incompetent.”

The state revoked Thayer’s license on June 16, according to records.

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