Patient Allegedly Sexually Assaulted by Ann Arbor Psychologist

David Vernon Falkner, an Ann Arbor psychologist, was recently charged with the sexual assault of a patient, according to court records. The 61-year-old was arraigned in the 15th District Court before Judge Elizabeth Hines on Monday, February 4.

Falkner was charged with four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct according to news reports at AnnArbor.com. The alleged victim was a patient of Falkner’s, according to charges listed on the warrant. Under Michigan state law, even if an individual consents to sexual activity, it is not a defense as sexual contact with a patient is unlawful either during treatment of the patient, and for two years after treatment is completed.

The alleged victim is over 18 years of age, but police would not comment further about the details. Sgt. Earle Fox of the Ann Arbor police said that a complaint of an inappropriate relationship was received by the department, and investigated by detectives. The results of the investigation were then forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.

Falkner runs a private practice in Ann Arbor and has for approximately 15 years. Prior to opening his own practice, Falkner worked as a school psychologist providing his services to young people and families for about 25 years, according to his website. District spokeswoman Liz Margolis told news media that Falkner had worked as either a psychologist or social worker with Ann Arbor Public Schools until his retirement a few years ago.

Falkner did not return email and phone messages left for him on the following Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 28, and is free on personal recognizance. News reports indicate that the punishment Falkner may face for the four high-court misdemeanor charges include a fine of up to $500 and two years in prison for each count.


Individuals who have been charged with or who are under investigation for a sex-related offense must consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney right away. There are many defenses which may be used to keep you out of jail and protect your reputation.

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