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Boone County doctor convicted in child sex crimes case

Dr. Jonathon Cavins accused of molesting children
Posted: 8:50 PM, Feb 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-13 20:50:02-05
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LEBANON — A Boone County children's doctor on trial in a child sex crimes case was found guilty on all counts Thursday.

42-year-old Dr. Jonathon Cavins was convicted on two counts of child molesting, one count of sexual misconduct with a minor, and two counts of child seduction—all felonies. The victims were all children in his care.

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It's a case that came to light about one year ago and as it unfolded, additional patients came forward with allegations against the doctor. The total number of victims is five.

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

After the child accused Dr. Cavins, prosecutors said more alleged victims came forward and additional charges were filed.

The family of the 12-year-old also filed a civil lawsuit 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.

The verdicts came on the fourth day of the trial in Lebanon. Cavins will be sentenced at a later date.