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Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 6:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor psychologist facing CSC charges has court date adjourned until May 13

By John Counts


David Vernon Falkner

Courtesy of WCSO

The 61-year-old Ann Arbor psychologist who was supposed to appear in court Monday had his hearing adjourned to another date, according to court records.

David Vernon Falkner, charged with four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, was set to come before Judge Darlene O'Brien in the Washtenaw County Trial Court for a pretrial hearing, which was adjourned until May 13.

“There was some scheduling issues on both sides,” said John Shea, Falkner's attorney.

Records indicate Falkner waived his preliminary examination in district court on March 21.

Falkner is accused of having an "inappropriate relationship" with one of his patients. Police say the victim is a woman older than 18 but have not released any additional information about the case.

Shea did not have any further comment about the charges Monday.

Each CSC count is punishable by two years of imprisonment or a fine up to $500.

Falkner remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

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Fri, May 3, 2013 : 5:58 p.m.

If he's found guilty, I think his "scheduling issues" will be resolved for a good, long time. :-) Also if he's found guilty, it's likely he'll be addressed as "Dave" - with no professional affectations appended to his name. That, despite he'll be learning enough about "Criminal Sexual Conduct" in prison to get another PhD. :-)


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 11:32 a.m.

Seriously. Only in Ann Arbor, would the comments focus on the precise, correct, terminology, rather than the CRIME.


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

No kidding @CPLtownie..unbelievable .Thanks fora comment grounded in reality..Well stated!!

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 12:58 p.m.

well played a2 :)


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 12:28 p.m.

That would be "alleged" crime.

greg s

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 9:37 a.m.

I think this falls into the category of who cares if it is Dr doctor or PhD


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 5:07 a.m.

How does his name appear in the court documents? That would seem to be the most correct way to refer the accused.


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

I believe follows the AP Stylebook, based on past comments by staff. I do not have the Stylebook; it is available to the public for purchase, hard copy or online. However, I did find one website that has what they call "Associated Press Style Essentials" which appears to be a "short guide" based on the Stylebook from 2002. Regarding the use of the title "Dr." it states "Use Dr. only for physicians, dentists members of the paramedical professions (osteopaths, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists etc.) and clergymen who hold earned or honorary doctorates." It is not clear to me if a psychologist would be considered a paramedical professional. I still think skipping the "Dr." and appending "Ph.D." remains the clearest option.


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 12:50 a.m.

Then for the greatest clarity and precision, "David Vernon Falkner, Ph.D." would be best, if it is thought to be necessary to state his credentials after reading the article. "Dr." is less precise as it can pertain to PhDs, MDs, DOs, DDSs, and probably some others that have a Doctorate of Whatever.

Tom Teague

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 12:34 a.m. probably uses a Stylebook that reserves the term "doctor" and prefix "Dr." for doctors of medicine and dentists.

Elijah Shalis

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 12:24 a.m.

It is Dr. David Vernon Falkner, he has a Ph.D.