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Former North Alabama pediatrician, now a sex offender, working at Selma doctor’s office

Former North Alabama pediatrician, now a sex offender, working at Selma doctor’s office

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Dr. James Cartwright pled guilty to misdemeanor sexual harassment in December 2017.

A former North Alabama pediatrician who is a registered sex offender is now working at a doctor’s office in Selma.

Dr. James Daniel Cartwright pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted sexual abuse in December. The victim was a 16-year-old boy. Court officials have said the charges against him were not related to his medical practice. Cartwright was a pediatrician at Cornerstone Pediatrics in Madison, Ala.

This week, The Selma Times-Journal’s Facebook page showed an advertisement indicating that Cartwright now works at Taylor Internal Medicine of Selma. The post said the doctor’s office “welcomes Dr. Danny Cartwright,” and included a photo of Cartwright and a phone number to call for an appointment.

When AL.com called the number on Friday, a woman who answered said Cartwright was working and that she would take a message to give to him. He has not yet returned the call.

Dr. Bruce Taylor of Taylor Internal Medicine has not responded to a request for comment.

In December 2017, Cartwright accepted a sentence of 12 months’ probation as part of a plea deal with Limestone County prosecutors, according to court documents. He had been initially indicted in 2015 on three felony counts of sexual abuse and the misdemeanor charge, but the felonies were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Cartwright is registered as a sex offender in Prattville, Ala., according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Sex Offender Registry.

Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said Friday afternoon that his office had opened an investigation into the matter.

Cartwright must register as a sex offender in the town where he lives, but is not required to register in the town where he works. There are rules regarding how close a sex offender’s workplace can be to places like child care centers and schools.

Cartwright’s medical license has not been suspended or revoked, according to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. This means Cartwright can legally practice medicine in the state of Alabama.

A phone call and emails to the Board’s general counsel were not immediately returned.

There is no mention of Cartwright’s status as a sex offender on the Board’s public online physician database.

There is also no public record available from the Board of Medical Examiners that indicates Cartwright has ever been subject to official disciplinary action. State law prohibits the Board from releasing information about investigations it has undertaken, patient complaints or malpractice case information.

Wilson Hunter, the board’s general counsel, has said in the past that misdemeanor convictions sometimes lead to disciplinary action by the board, though not in every case. The Board did not immediately return a request for comment.

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