Former Fort Worth pediatrician convicted of indecent exposure found dead

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A former Fort Worth pediatrician who failed to appear in court Friday for sentencing on an indecent exposure conviction was later found dead at his southwest Fort Worth home.

Fort Worth officers had gone to the home of Lundy Eldridge Cavender Jr. in the 7500 block of Kings Trail shortly before 4 p.m. Friday on a welfare check at the request of a relative, said homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson.

There, officers found Cavender, 58, dead inside his car in the home's garage.

He had no signs of trauma on his body and investigators do not suspect foul play, Johnson said.

"The case is still under investigation to determine cause and manner of death pending toxicology results," Johnson said.

Cavender was scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Friday in County Criminal Judge Billy Mills' court after being convicted by a jury in August of masturbating in front of an employee in his medical office.

He faced a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail but the judge could have probated that sentence for up to two years, prosecutors have said.

When Cavender did not show up in court, Mills revoked his bond and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Cavender has a lengthy record of sexually inappropriate behavior.

In May 1994, his 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. After three years, however, the restrictive order was dropped 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.

Cavender had attempted suicide at least twice since his arrest, law enforcement officials have said.

His attorney, Abe Factor, was in court Monday and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

7500 block of Kings Trail, Fort Worth, TX
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