Former Witham Health Services Doctor Charged with Sex Abuse
A pediatrician formerly employed by Witham Health Services in Lebanon has been charged with sexually abusing three patients at the facility. After initially being arrested for the abuse of one minor on February 22, two more victims have come forward with allegations of abuse by Dr. Jonathon Cavins.
On February 7, police received a report that Cavins sexually abused a 12-year-old boy during a physical examination on February 4. Police say Cavins fondled the victim’s genitals in a room at the Witham Health Services Pediatric suite.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Cavins’ personal office and examination room, where they say they found evidence related to the victim’s statement. Investigators also determined that Cavins touched the victim in a way which was not related to a routine physical examination.
Since Cavins was arrested on February 22, a 16-year-old male (15 at the time of the alleged incident) and a 14-year-old male have come forward with allegations of abuse. Detectives are also planning to interview two more possible victims.
The Boone County prosecutor has now filed three more charges against Cavins, including two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of vicarious sexual gratification.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Doctor Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual violence fight for the justice and financial compensation they deserve in civil lawsuits. Here is Brian’s perspective on the legal options available to those who have survived sexual abuse by doctors and other medical professionals:
Doctors are some of the most trusted members of the community. No one expects to have their trust violated during a doctor’s appointment, but unfortunately, cases of sexual abuse by doctors have been reported in all 50 states. Sexual predators are often found in fields like medicine and others that involve working in positions of trust and authority. The victims of sexual assault by medical professionals deserve justice and financial compensation for the trauma they’ve been through.
In many cases of doctor sexual assault, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit. Both the doctor and the facility where the assault occurred can potentially be held liable in a lawsuit. Healthcare facilities can be held liable if their negligence enabled the assault, such as the failure to take disciplinary action against a doctor with a history of sexual misconduct.
Have you or a loved one been sexually assaulted by a doctor or another medical professional? We understand how traumatic this time has been for you and your family and we want to help you fight for justice. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by contacting one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyers.