Police: Psychiatrist sexually assaulted patient
March 8, 2013
By Ciara O’Rourke

Psychiatrist David Cardwell

Psychiatrist David Cardwell

An Austin psychiatrist accused of raping a longtime patient has been charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony.

David Cardwell, 64, saw the patient in January because her husband was concerned about her mental health, saying that she had been depressed, according to an affidavit for Cardwell’s arrest.

Cardwell gave the woman two pills that made her feel groggy before he put her head on his chest and ran his hands through her hair and over her back, the affidavit says.

He later put his hands in her pants and told her it would “make her brain feel better,” the affidavit says.

He continued to assault her after she told him to stop and then raped her, the affidavit says.

The woman called Cardwell from the Police Department on Monday and during the conversation Cardwell admitted to engaging in sexual conduct and apologized to her, the affidavit says.

Jail records show that he was not in custody Friday. His bail was set at $75,000.

Texas Medical Board records show that Cardwell was reprimanded in 2011 for inappropriately prescribing medication to himself, family members and others, and that he failed to practice medicine in an acceptable professional manner.

Among the board’s findings was that a patient’s spouse twice saw Cardwell under the guise of marriage counseling in 2006 and that a month later Cardwell wrote a psychiatric evaluation about the spouse based on those appointments that were used by his patient in a custody battle.

Cardwell labeled his patient’s spouse as having “progressive paranoid thought disorder,” records show.


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