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Prosecutors seek additional charges for Lebanon pediatrician

Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 20:16:33-04

LEBANON — Boone County prosecutors say they have uncovered more victims of Dr. Jonathon Cavins, a Lebanon pediatrician accused of molesting children in his care.

On Tuesday, prosecutors filed a motion seeking to add two additional charges against Cavins.

Prosecutor Kent Eastwood told Call 6 Investigates the charges are both child seduction involving two additional victims.

It’s up to the court to decide whether to grant or deny the motion, or set a hearing on the prosecution’s request.

If the judge grants the prosecutor's request to add additional charges, an initial hearing will be set on the new charges.

Boone County prosecutors criminally charged Cavins in February with four felonies of child molesting, sexual misconduct with a minor, and vicarious sexual gratification.

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Prosecutors said in February they were aware of at least three juvenile victims — ages 15, 14 and 12.

Cavins’ attorney, Jennifer Lukemeyer, declined comment Tuesday on the motion for additional charges.

The parents of a 12-year-old boy spoke to Call 6 Investigates after they said Cavins molested their son during an examination.

The parents said Cavins told them he needed to do a depression screening on their son.

“He said, ‘there’s some questions on there about you and we want the kids to answer comfortably,’” said the boy’s mother. “I trusted the doctor.”

After the exam, the 12-year-old’s parents said the doctor and their son were both acting strangely.

“The doctor was off, very red in the face and wouldn’t make eye contact,” the father said.

The family had not seen any red flags prior to that appointment.

When they got in the car, the parents said their son told them the doctor had touched him inappropriately.

"He just starts going into some detail, and we were just shocked and blown away," the dad said.

The parents called police, and Boone County prosecutors criminally charged Cavins, saying they found evidence that corroborated the 12-year old’s story.

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After the 12-year-old accused Dr. Cavins, prosecutors said more alleged victims came forward and they filed additional charges.

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Meanwhile, the parents of the 12-year-old say their son is struggling with nightmares, tiredness and with trusting others.

"He's worried, he's scared,” the mom said. “He's definitely a different kid than he used to be. He’s uncomfortable around any male."

The family filed a civil lawsuit this week against Cavins, accusing him of sexually molesting their son and causing physical trauma and severe emotional distress.

"What he did was violate my child and what he did was wrong, and he absolutely needs to be held accountable for his actions," the mom said. “He needs to be held accountable for forever changing my little boy’s life.”

The boy’s mother says she always told her children they could trust doctors.

“You never think that’s something you’re going to have to take back and say ‘don’t trust anyone if it feels uncomfortable,’” mom said.

Cavins’ medical license is suspended for 90 days while he is under criminal investigation, according to the state.

A jury trial in the criminal case is scheduled for July 8.

Cavins is no longer employed at Witham Health.