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American-Statesman
Doctor’s license suspended after rape arrest
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
By Mary Ann Roser

Psychiatrist David Cardwell

Psychiatrist David Cardwell

The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended the license of Austin psychiatrist David Williams Cardwell after police charged him with raping a female patient last month, the board’s order says.

Cardwell, 64, did not respond to an email or phone call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.

The medical board’s order says he saw the woman, whom he had been treating since the 1980s, Jan. 21 when the alleged assault occurred. The patient called him from the police department’s Sex Crimes Unit on March 4 at which time Cardwell admitted to “engaging in sexual activity” with the patient, the board’s Friday disciplinary order says.

The board suspended Cardwell’s license without notice after one of its panels said it found “an imminent peril to the public health, safety, or welfare.”

In 2011, the board reprimanded Cardwell and required him to be monitored by another doctor for prescribing controlled substances to himself, nine family members and others. The board also fined Cardwell $20,000 and ordered him to take courses in medical recordkeeping and ethics. At the time, Cardwell said he disagreed with the allegations but signed the order “so I could put it behind me.”