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Austin Doctor Charged In Patient's Sexual Assault
An Austin psychiatrist is accused of sexually assaulting one of his patients.
According to an arrest affidavit, David Williams Cardwell, 64, assaulted the woman on Jan. 21 in his office near 34th Street and Lamar Boulevard.
The woman had been Cardwell's patient for several years. The victim's husband told police his wife had been depressed so he made an appointment for her with Cardwell.
The affidavit said Cardwell gave the victim two pills -- Valium and Seroquel. She became groggy and Cardwell put her head on his chest and rubbed his hands on her back and through her hair.
The victim said Caldwell put his hands in her pants and kissed her, the affidavit said. "She told him she didn't like that and he told her it would 'make her brain feel better,'" according to the affidavit.
Caldwell then sexually assaulted the victim even though she told him to stop, police say. The affidavit said Caldwell drove the victim home. Her husband took his wife to the hospital to report the crime.
The affidavit said later the victim came to the Sex Crimes Unit where she and Cardwell talked on the phone. During phone call, Cardwell admitted to having sex and apologized, according to the affidavit.
According to records from the Texas Medical Board, the organization disciplined Caldwell in 2011.
"The Board found Dr. Cardwell prescribed in a manner inconsistent with public health and welfare, failed to practice medicine in an acceptable professional manner, failed to obtain informed consent and inappropriately prescribed to himself, family members or others in which there was a close personal relationship."
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