NEWARK – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that the New Jersey Board of Nursing (“the Board”) has permanently revoked the license of a nurse convicted of engaging in sexual conduct with a then-16-year-old female resident of a Camden County youth treatment facility where he worked as a nursing supervisor.
Kevin A. Cavallaro, 33, who pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in January, agreed to surrender his nursing license in a permanent revocation. Criminally, he was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and five years of probation. Cavallaro also must register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be subject to parole supervision for life under the terms of his sentencing, which were finalized earlier this month.
“The sexual exploitation of a child under one’s care and supervision is an appalling abuse of trust,” said Attorney General Grewal. “This conduct not only violates our criminal laws, but is a total breach of professional responsibility that justifies the permanent revocation of a professional’s license.”
“This individual demonstrated clear disregard for the wellbeing and safety of those in his care, conduct that cannot be tolerated in the healthcare profession,” said Paul R. Rodríguez, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “A permanent revocation of his license was required to adequately safeguard the public in this case and we commend the Board for taking this necessary action.”
According to the consent order permanently revoking Cavallaro’s license, it is alleged that between October 1, 2016 and November 9, 2016, Cavallaro maintained a sexual relationship with a teen who lived in the residential facility where he worked. His nursing license has been temporarily suspended since March 2017, pending the resolution of the criminal charges against him.
The Board found that Cavallaro engaged in acts constituting a crime relating adversely to nursing and that he lacks good moral character, which is an underlying foundation for licensure as a nurse, violations that provide the basis for disciplinary action against his license.
To resolve the allegations against him, Cavallaro agreed to the permanent revocation of his license to practice nursing in New Jersey.
Investigators with the Enforcement Bureau within the Division of Consumer Affairs conducted the investigation into this matter.
Deputy Attorney General Kate Calendar of the Professional Boards Prosecution Section in the Division of Law represented the State in this matter.