Lebanon pediatrician arrested on child molestation charge

Dr. Jonathon W. Cavins (Photo courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff's Office)

LEBANON, Ind.– A pediatrician in Lebanon was arrested Friday on a charge of child molestation.

The Lebanon Police Department says conduct between Dr. Jonathon W. Cavins and a 12-year-old boy were reported on Feb. 7, after a physical examination on Feb. 4 in which Cavins allegedly fondled the victim’s genitals.

Police say the exam happened in a room in the Witham Health Services Pediatrics suite.

Detectives served a search warrant on Cavins’ personal office and exam room. They say evidence was found that is consistent with the victim’s statement. They also concluded the way Cavins allegedly touched the victim was not consistent with a routine physical evaluation.

Police say Witham Health Services has been cooperating with the investigation. Cavins was taken to the Boone County Jail, where he’ll be held without bond.

In addition to being a pediatrician, Cavins also served as a fifth-grade volunteer coach for Granville Wells Elementary School during the winter of 2016-17.

“Administrators for the Western Boone County Community School Corporation are aware of the charges that have been filed against Dr. Cavins. WBCCSC is not aware of any connection between these allegations and any student or staff member at Western Boone,” said Western Boone Superintendent Rob Ramey.

Witham Health Services issued a statement saying Cavins is no longer employed with them:

“We regret to inform the community that Dr. Jonathon Cavins has been arrested and is under investigation for alleged misconduct. Dr. Cavins is no longer employed by Witham. Witham’s top priority is the health and safety of our patients. We are taking this matter very seriously and are fully cooperating with all involved agencies. Patients of Dr. Cavins will be seen by other Witham physicians who will do whatever is necessary to maintain the continuum of care for all our patients.”

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