Kalamazoo psychologist pleads guilty to sex crimes

David Thayer
David Thayer's mug shot from the Kalamzaoo County Jail. (April 2016)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The trial for a Kalamazoo psychologist accused of having sexual contact with patients ended before it even started.

David Thayer was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in seven cases. Tuesday, the day he was scheduled to go to trial, Thayer entered guilty pleas in three of the cases.

Thayer was first charged in April for an alleged incident involving a patient from late last year.

According to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the case was turned over to its Criminal Investigation Division, which 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.”

According to state records, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Bureau of Professional Licensing suspended Thayer’s license to practice in February for “sexual misconduct.” However, that suspension was overturned in April. The state revoked his license on June 16, according to records obtained by 24 Hour News 8.

Thayer is expected back in court for sentencing Oct. 31.