A Davenport hypnotherapist is facing criminal charges after he allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a patient who sought out mental health services, Davenport police said.

Victor George Saldivar, 64, of 2458 E. Central Park Ave., was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a charge of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

The charge is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Detective Karl Drezek, the victim sought mental health services through Saldivar at his offices at 2304 Jersey Ridge Road. Saldivar practices in a cooperative with three other people in a group known as Suite4.

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According to the affidavit, from April 3 through June 7, Saldivar, while acting as a therapist or counselor, engaged in sexual conduct with the victim, who was an emotionally dependent patient.

Saldivar was released from the Scott County Jail after posting bond.

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