New York OB/GYN Charged with 6 Counts of Sexual Abuse
Hadden was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on 6 counts of “… enticing and inducing dozens of victims to travel to his medical offices in New York and subjecting them to unlawful sexual abuse from about 1993 to 2012,” according to CNN.
The victims include at least 5 adult women, including Evelyn Yang, wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and 1 minor child. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Hadden “inappropriately touched, squeezed and even licked his victims,” said Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss. “Many of Hadden’s victims did not know what to expect during an OB/GYN examination and were less likely to challenge Hadden when he engaged in sexually abusive behavior. Many didn’t know that his examinations were inappropriate and so returned to see him for years.”
The indictment accuses Hadden of:
- creating “opportunities to be alone with his victims”;
- sending nurses and medical assistants out of the exam room;
- attempting to “develop a rapport with them and put them at ease by asking them questions about their personal lives and telling them about his own life and family,” and
- bringing “up inappropriate and medically irrelevant sexual topics without prompting from his patients”
Hadden appeared before a federal judge on Sept. 9, 2020, and pleaded not guilty to all charges. The judge released Hadden on $1 million bond, ordering him to be monitored electronically until trial.
CNN reported in February that dozens of other women have complained of sexually inappropriate behavior by Hadden, and that Columbia University officials were warned about these actions more than 25 years ago.
In 2016, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office made a plea deal with Hadden over sexual abuse charges. Hadden was facing at least 9 charges relating to sexual abuse, eventually pleading guilty to 2 counts: criminal sexual act in the third degree and forcible touching. Per the terms of the deal, Hadden was required to surrender his medical license but received no prison time, probation, or community service.
Hadden Indicted for Molesting Dozens of Patients: NBC New York Video
Federal authorities have asked that anyone who may have worked with or been treated by Dr. Robert Hadden to come forward if they noticed suspicious behavior.
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