Pediatrician Dr. Jonathon Cavins has had his medical license suspended for 90 days while he is being investigated for allegations that he sexually abused a patient. The license suspension comes after a voluntary agreement between Cavins’ attorney and the Indiana Attorney General’s office.
In February, Boone County prosecutors charged Cavins with four felonies of child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor, and vicarious sexual gratification. Prosecutors know of at least three child victims, ages 15, 14, and 12. They have also encouraged other patients of Dr. Cavins to contact the Lebanon Police if they have any information or believe they were also victims.
The 12-year-old victim was the first to come forward, which led to additional accusers speaking out and additional charges against Cavins.
In the future, the Medical Licensing Board may take additional disciplinary action against Cavins, including possibly revoking his license.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson represents families who have been affected by sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Jeff to add some commentary on the legal options for justice available to these families:
Your doctor is an important person in your life, as many of us spend years seeing the same doctor. We trust these medical professionals with our wellbeing. As parents, we trust pediatricians to provide our children with quality medical care. Most doctors are indeed trustworthy people, but sadly, there are also many sexual predators in this field. When a pediatrician sexually abuses a young patient, that patient and their parents deserve justice.
The victims of sexual abuse by doctors often have grounds for a lawsuit against the doctor or their employer. Sexual abuse is a clear example of malicious negligence. Doctors who abuse their patients cause lifelong trauma. They deserve to be held accountable and their victims deserve support.
If you or a loved one has recently become a victim of doctor sexual abuse, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.