Former pediatrician convicted of indecent exposure fails to appear in court

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A Tarrant County judge issued an arrest warrant for a former Fort Worth pediatrician convicted of indecent exposure after he failed to appear in court to receive his sentence.

Lundy Eldridge Cavender Jr., was scheduled to be sentenced today in County Criminal Judge Billy Mills' court after being convicted in August of masturbating in front of an employee in his medical office. Mills revoked his bond and issued an arrest warrant for Cavendar.

The maximum sentence Cavender could have received on the indecent exposure conviction is 180 days in jail, said prosecutor Ashlea Deener.

The judge could have probated that sentence for up to two years, she said. Now, the judge has held his bond insufficient and an arrest warrant and have to stay in jail.

Cavender's attorney, Abe Factor, said Cavender has not had an attendance problem in the past.

"I'm not sure why he's not here," Factor said. "I'm sure he has a good reason."

On June 8, 2012, the Texas Medical Board suspended Cavender's license because of the active criminal case, according to board records.

"We intend on filing bail jumping charges," Deener said. "He faces an additional charge which carries a maximum of up to a year in jail."

Tarrant County Sheriff's Department deputies will go out and try to find him, she said. Cavender has attempted suicide at least twice since his arrest, according to law enforcement officials.

The jury found Cavender guilty after viewing a video that verifying that a nurse was in the room when he seen gratifying himself.

Cavender elected to have the judge assess his punishment and Cavender's attorney asked for a presentencing investigation. .

Cavendar has a lengthy record of sexually inappropriate behavior.

In May 1994, Cavender 's hospital privileges at Huguley Memorial Medical Center were suspended because of reports of inappropriate physical contact with mothers of his young patients, according to records from the Texas Medical Board. The contact included kissing, hugging, and inappropriate touching between fall 1990 and November 1993, the records state.

Cavender agreed to undergo psychiatric treatment and have a chaperone present during patient visits for a five-year probationary period. The restrictive order was dropped after three years based on Cavender 's history of compliance, medical board records show.

Huguley restored Cavender 's privileges during a two-year probationary period after he completed a sexual compulsivity treatment program at Charter Health Systems of Dallas, the records show.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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