Michigan psychologist Brandee Peikert sentenced to nine months jail for sex with young client

May 13, 2010

Peikert, 40, was sentenced today to nine months jail, five years of probation and 300 hours of community service on charges of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and illegal use of a computer.

Prosecutors say Peikert became acquainted in 2004 with the victim, who was then a 16-year-old high school student receiving mental health therapy from Peikert at Pine Rest Mental Health Services.

At some point, the professional counseling turned more personal and the victim ultimately was vacationing with Peikert and living with her.

The crux of the case hinged on whether Peikert engaged in sexual conduct with the victim within two years of terminating their professional relationship -- a time period outlined in state law.

A jury decided that she did have sexual contact within that time frame.

As part of her sentence, Peikert must register as a sex offender, cannot have contact with the victim and may not use a computer during probation. She can get out of jail on an electronic monitoring after serving six months.

Source: John Tunison, "Psychologist Brandee Peikert sentenced to nine months in jail for sexual relationship with young client," Grand Rapids Press, May 13, 2010.

Related content: Read Citizens Commission on Human Rights' reports on psychotherapist sexual exploitation: 

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