Prosecutors on Monday convicted a New York state jury of federal sex trafficking charges after a doctor was accused of sexually abusing patients for decades behind the white coat and fame of Columbia University. asked me to put it down. His defense attorney countered that an acquittal was appropriate because he had already been punished for these crimes.
U.S. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Kim has described the evidence against former obstetrician-gynecologist Robert Hadden, 64, as “devastating” and “horrifying”, citing nine victims and a death sentence in the late 1980s and early 1980s. From late 2012.
“He put on a white coat and did the exact opposite after taking the ‘do no harm’ oath that all doctors do,” Kim told a federal court jury in Manhattan.
She said she “tried to hide behind a white coat and the fame of Columbia University” because she persuaded vulnerable patients before sexually abusing them.
“The defendant had a plan, a strategy,” Kim said. “This was not momentary.”
She said he asks patients about their sex lives and conducts lengthy breast exams, as long as 30 seconds to a minute, at each visit for some women. Then he “hiding behind gynecological exams… kept pushing the envelope and seeing how far he could go,” she said.
Defense attorney Kathryn Usencroft said what some of Hadden’s patients had endured at his hands was “disgusting and horrifying”, an act that made it appropriate for the doctor to lose his medical license. agreed with
“The damage they’ve suffered is real,” she said, adding, “We’re not disputing what happened in the testing room.”
But she said his guilty plea, indicted in New York state court seven years ago, was for all these abuses, and that it would be wrong to convict him on a new indictment based on the same crime. After that plea, Hadden of Englewood, New Jersey waived his medical license, but was not required to serve time.
Wozencroft said the sex trafficking allegations required Hadden to know that the four patients involved in the allegations were traveling across state lines, so he wanted to sexually abuse them. tempted them to do so.
The defense has alleged that, during the two-week trial, Hadden did not know where his client was traveling from or the daily schedule of appointments.
According to the indictment against Haden, the doctor sexually abused patients from 1993 to at least 2012 while working at two prestigious Manhattan hospitals: Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Healthcare providers have already agreed to pay more than $236 million to settle civil claims filed by more than 200 former patients.
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. I was there.
Hadden has been released on $1 million bail since his 2020 arrest.