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Posted on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 : 1 p.m.

Psychologist accused of having 'inappropriate relationship' with patient returns to court Monday

By John Counts


David Vernon Falkner

Courtesy of WCSO

The 61-year-old Ann Arbor psychologist charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

David Vernon Falkner is set to come before Judge Darlene O'Brien in the Washtenaw County Trial Court for a pretrial hearing, according to the court's docket.

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.

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

Falkner remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

John Counts covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


A2 News Reader

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 8:34 p.m.

Up to $500 for criminal sexual conduct? I've seen higher speeding tickets. Sad.


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 2:28 p.m.

Seems if this guy has a PhD degree in psych, he should know after years of training that which is inappropriate. Likely he knew just fine but didn't care, which is criminal behavior. Time in jail is what most people get when they break the law.

John Floyd

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 4:38 a.m.

$500 seems like a cheap alternative to 2 years in prison - unless you don't have $500. Is the fine too low, or is the jail time to great?


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 3:14 p.m.

There hasn't been any information on what happened here. If more specific information becomes available, it would be helpful.

Michigan Man

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

Speech police out in force this AM in Ann Arbor. I commented that patients in Ann Arbor who seek medical, dental and mental health services need more protection from criminal healthcare providers was just deleted? Seems like in the past year a rash of Ann Arbor healthcare providers have had major legal/malpractice issues emerge.

Elijah Shalis

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 1:28 a.m.

It is Dr. David Vernon Falkner. He has a Ph.D.