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Former Columbia University obstetrician-gynecologist Robert Hadden was convicted of sex trafficking and charged with sexually assaulting a patient

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A gynecologist who abused patients in a career spanning decades was convicted Tuesday of federal sex trafficking charges after nine former patients told a jury in New York How the doctor they once trusted sexually attacked them when they were at their most vulnerable.

A Manhattan federal court jury delivered its verdict in less than a day. Robert HaddenThe 64-year-old worked at two prestigious Manhattan hospitals (Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital) until his career was shut down a decade ago due to complaints about his attacks. rice field.

more than 200 of his former patients settled lawsuit Reached an agreement totaling more than $230 million against Columbia University – and condemnation The campaign against him was central to the campaign for the New York Adult Survivors Act, which opened a one-year window for sexual abuse survivors to file lawsuits in November.

Hadden’s attorneys have admitted that their clients had sexually abused patients, but said those crimes were behind him because of his guilty plea when he was indicted in state court seven years ago. rice field.

Dr. Robert Hadden Indicted
Dr. Robert Hadden will appear in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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Prosecutors said federal charges were appropriate because Hadden of Englewood, New Jersey, lured a woman to cross state lines to attack her.

Defense attorneys claimed they had no idea the patients were from other states, including New Jersey and Nevada.

U.S. Attorney Damien Williams After Verdict made a statement He called Hadden “a predator in a white coat”.

“For years, he brutally lured women seeking professional medical care into his office to satisfy himself. Hadden’s victims trusted him as their doctor. , instead became a victim of his heinous tastes,” he said.

The verdict capped off a two-week trial featuring a procession of former patients.

The indictment charged Hadden with sexually abusing patients from 1993 to at least 2012, but prosecutors said in closing arguments Monday that nurses sexually abused patients in the late 1980s. He said he testified that he had

“He put on a white coat and did the exact opposite after taking the ‘do no harm’ oath that all doctors do,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Kim told the jury.

She said she “tried to hide behind his white coat and Columbia University fame” because he persuaded a vulnerable patient before sexually abusing him.

Defense attorney Kathryn Usencroft concluded that although what some of Hadden’s patients had endured at his hands was “disgusting and horrifying,” his state court convictions were not the result of those. He said it covered crime.

Federal charges are inappropriate because she had to lure victims across state lines when Hadden didn’t know in advance which patients she treated each day and where they came from. claimed.

Among the former patients who have spoken publicly was Evelyn Yang, whose husband, Andrew Yang, failed to run as a Democrat for the 2020 presidential election and for mayor of New York City in 2022.

In 2020, she said Hadden sexually assaulted her eight years ago, even when she was seven months pregnant. .

The Associated Press generally withholds the names of sexual abuse victims from articles unless they decide to make their stories public, as Yang and others did .

Columbia University has previously called Hadden’s behavior “abhorrent,” and in October issued a statement to ensure patients were “protected and empowered while receiving our care.” He said he had adopted the policy.

The university said at the time, “We deeply regret the pain inflicted on Robert Hadden’s patients and hope that these resolutions will provide some assistance to the women he has hurt.” should be commended.”

Graham Kates contributed to this report.


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