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Austin Doctor Accused Of Sexual Assault Previously Reprimanded
Police have arrested a local doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient. They say Dr. David Cardwell, 64, gave the woman drugs and then forced her to have sex.
We went to his office and asked him if he would talk to us regarding his arrest and he responded, "No, I have no comment." We began to ask him if he treated the victim but before we could finish he insisted he had no comment.
But in his arrest affidavit, investigators give explicit details about how they say Dr. Cardwell sexually assaulted his victim on Jan. 21. The woman had gone to him for therapy after her husband was concerned with her mental health.
In the report, the 33-year old victim says Dr. Cardwell gave her two pills -- one Valium, and the other Seroquel. She then reported feeling groggy and then says he forced her to have sex.
The report also states she told him "this wasn't right and to stop but he continued his attack."
Sergeant Jason Staniszewski says the assault victim immediately reported the incident. He says, "during the investigation a phone call was made where Dr. Cardwell admitted to the sexual misconduct and apologized for his actions."
This isn't the first time Dr. Cardwell has had a complaint filed against him. According to his Texas medical board physician profile, on August 26, 2011 he was publicly reprimanded by the board after he "failed to practice medicine in an acceptable professional manner." He was ordered to refrain from serving as a doctor for himself or immediate family and prescribing them any medicine. Dr. Cardwell was also ordered to pay a $20,000 penalty.
Nothing on his profile indicates any history of assault. As of Friday, he was still in his office although he didn't say whether he was treating any patients.
Photo from Austin police
By Lydia Pantazes