Kzoo psychologist gets jail for sexual contact with patients

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

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 obtained by 24 Hour News 8.