Lebanon Pediatrician Arrested for Child Molestation
On February 2, 2019, a 12-year-old boy was molested by his pediatrician, Dr. Jonathon Cavins, during a routine physical examination. According to the victim’s statement, Dr. Cavins fondled his genitals before asking if he was sexually active. Although the boy provided a negative response, Dr. Cavins didn’t hesitate to offer him a wrapped condom.
Five days later, the victim’s mother reported the incident, sparking an immediate police investigation. The Lebanon Police Department raided Dr. Cavin’s personal office and inspected the examination room located at Witham Health Services Pediatrics suite. They successfully uncovered critical and undisclosed evidence that supports the victim’s statement.
After consulting with medical professionals, the investigators concluded that Dr. Cavins’ actions were not appropriate for a routine physical and medical examination. Or, as the detectives explained, “Dr. Cavins fondled the penis of the 12-year-old victim with the intent to arouse either his sexual desires or the sexual desires of the male victim.”
In the last week, four new victims – all teenage boys – have come forward after seeing reports of Dr. Cavins’ arrest on the news. The Boone Country prosecutor filed three more charges against Dr. Cavins after the new victims completed their forensic interviews.
At present, Dr. Jonathon Cavins faces the following criminal charges:
- Child molestation, a level 4 felony
- Two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, a level 5 felony
- One count of c, a level 5 felony
Dr. Cavins is currently being held without bond at Boone County Jail.
Protecting Your Child
Pediatricians specialize in providing essential medical services to impressionable children and teenagers. As your child grows, it’s important to teach them “safe touch” vs. “bad touch,” as well as what constitutes an appropriate medical examination. Also, your child needs to understand that there should never be “secrets” of a sexual nature between doctors and their patients.
If your child has been molested by a medical professional, you need to contact the police and a qualified sexual abuse attorney as soon as possible. It’s important to trust your instincts, but if you feel uncertain about your suspicions, you can always make an appointment with a different doctor or a child psychologist.
Physical and behavioral signs of child sexual abuse include:
- A sudden and irrational fear of a specific doctor
- Genital trauma
- Intense behavioral changes
- Suspicious bruises, cuts, or bite marks
- Inexplicable moments of aggression or withdrawal
- Imitating or instigating inappropriate sexual behaviors
- Unusual knowledge of sexual topics
- Excessive anxiety
- Soreness or rashes around the genitalia
- Urinary tract infections
- Resuming infantile behaviors
Also, there should always be someone in the examination room during your child’s appointment. If your kid doesn’t want an overprotective mom or dad around, you can ask another medical staffer to attend the examination in your place.
Contact an Experienced Legal Representative
If your child has been sexually abused by a pediatrician, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Wagner Reese. We can investigate your case, evaluate the doctor’s professional history, and help you hold the at-fault parties responsible for this unforgivable behavior. By taking legal action, you can recover compensatory damages that facilitate your child’s physical and psychological recovery. A successive lawsuit can also protect other children who have been targeted by this offender.
Contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free case evaluation. Our legal team works on a contingency fee basis, so you can pursue justice and restitution without worrying about the cost.