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New York gynecologist charged with six federal sex abuse counts

Leeda.the.Paladin

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A former Columbia University gynecologist accused by the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang of sexual assault has been indicted for allegedly sexually abusing female patients -- including a minor -- over nearly two decades.
The unsealed indictment in US District Court for the Southern District of New York accuses Robert Hadden, 62, of six 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 prosecutors. The charges involved a minor and five adults.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss at a news conference called Hadden "a predator in a white coat."


The former doctor appeared before a federal judge Wednesday. He entered a not guilty plea, his attorney, Isabelle Kirschner, told CNN.
According to Kirschner, the judge ordered Hadden released on a $1 million bond secured by his home, and for him to be monitored. He is not out of custody yet.
Evelyn Yang says Columbia University and New York DA 'grossly mishandled' case of OB-GYN she accuses of sexual assault

Evelyn Yang says Columbia University and New York DA 'grossly mishandled' case of OB-GYN she accuses of sexual assault

He was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with enticing and inducing six victims to travel interstate to engage in illegal sexual activity, Strauss said in a statement.
The women who came forward to accuse the doctor included Evelyn Yang, wife of the former Democratic presidential candidate. She told CNN in an exclusive interview in January that she was sexually assaulted by Hadden.
CNN Investigates reported in February that dozens more accusers had come forward and new evidence had emerged that indicated Columbia University officials were warned about Hadden's behavior in the mid-1990s.
CNN obtained a letter from a former patient to Columbia officials in 1994 that spelled out her allegations of sex abuse by Hadden. The head of the hospital's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology unit responded with a letter to the patient acknowledging receipt and saying her concerns would be addressed -- but the accuser says the official never got back to her.
Columbia at the time said the university was "deeply disturbed by the accounts of Robert Hadden's behavior that are now emerging." The school did not say what was done about the letter and whether an internal investigation was launched.
In a statement Wednesday, Yang thanked prosecutors "for bringing these charges against Dr. Hadden."
"They are long overdue. This physician abused dozens of women, including minors, under the guise of practicing medicine and should not be walking free."
Yang said she was not one of the accusers identified in the indictment.
Federal authorities asked that anyone who may have worked with the former OB/GYN to come forward if they noticed suspicious behavior.
Exclusive: New evidence shows a patient warned Columbia University about OB-GYN's alleged sexual assault decades ago

Exclusive: New evidence shows a patient warned Columbia University about OB-GYN's alleged sexual assault decades ago

Strauss said Hadden, "inappropriately touched, squeezed and even licked his victims."

"For many victims, Hadden was their first gynecologist," she added. "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 former doctor allegedly "sought out and abused" one girl who he himself delivered as a baby and "inflicted her with the same abuse he inflicted upon adults," Strauss said.

Hadden allegedly "used his position as a medical doctor at a prominent university ... to make or to attempt to make his victims believe that the sexual abuse he inflicted on them was appropriate and medically necessary," according to the unsealed indictment. He allegedly "encouraged his victims to return to see him and often directed his victims to schedule follow-up visits on timelines he set."

The indictment accuses the doctor 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."

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office, which made a plea deal with Hadden in 2016 over sexual abuse charges, told CNN its office provided substantial assistance to the federal investigation.

The office also noted a continuing investigation which examines potential failures by his employer, is "intensely active and ongoing."
Evelyn Yang is the bravest woman I know

Evelyn Yang is the bravest woman I know

Hadden, formerly a doctor in Columbia University's hospital system, was facing nine charges relating to sexual abuse allegations when he made the plea deal. He pleaded guilty to two counts: criminal sexual act in the third degree and forcible touching.

Allegations made by Yang and others earlier this year sparked outrage over the terms of the deal: Hadden had surrendered his medical license, but received no prison time, probation or community service.

Since Yang's interview, dozens of new Hadden accusers brought their allegations to attorney Anthony DiPietro, who filed a civil suit against Hadden and Columbia University in 2019.

The still pending lawsuit against Columbia University, its affiliates and Hadden, argued that they "actively concealed, conspired, and enabled" Hadden's sexual exploitation.
In court papers, Hadden had denied the allegations except those in his prior guilty plea.
Columbia and the hospital system have contested the suit on procedural grounds.

In response to detailed questions about the allegations against Columbia, including why Hadden had been allowed to go back to work after his initial arrest, a university spokeswoman earlier this year said the allegations against Hadden are "abhorrent" and they "deeply apologize to those whose trust was violated.

On Wednesday, hospital spokeswoman Maxine Mitchell-Ramsay said in a statement:
"The trust that patients place in their physicians is sacred. Robert Hadden's abhorrent actions violated that sacred trust and damaged women's lives. We will continue to condemn his horrific conduct and provide our full cooperation to law enforcement as it works to ensure that justice is served."
In a separate statement, Columbia University said:

"Nothing is more important to Columbia than the safety of our patients, and we condemn sexual misconduct in any form. We commend the women who have spoken out against Robert Hadden and will cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney's Office."
 

Leeda.the.Paladin

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I found it sad that he did some of these things to young women who’d never had a gynecological exam before. I have a daughter who is a little young for this, but it’s coming up in the next few years, I imagine. is it weird for a mother to be in the room with the teen during the exam? I intend for her to only see a female gyno but at this point, I find it hard to trust anyone
 

Evolving78

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I found it sad that he did some of these things to young women who’d never had a gynecological exam before. I have a daughter who is a little young for this, but it’s coming up in the next few years, I imagine. is it weird for a mother to be in the room with the teen during the exam? I intend for her to only see a female gyno but at this point, I find it hard to trust anyone
Once she is 18 you would need permission. I know I would stay in the room unless my daughter asks me to leave. She is special needs. Plus nurses should know better than to leave a male doctor alone when doing those type of exams.
 

naturalgyrl5199

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Once she is 18 you would need permission. I know I would stay in the room unless my daughter asks me to leave. She is special needs. Plus nurses should know better than to leave a male doctor alone when doing those type of exams.
Right. Even my black female gyno has nurses in with her when she does ANY exam where the vagina is looked at. When I was pregnant and got a vaginal ultrasound, same thing. Sometimes I feel pressed and aggravated its 1-2 more people looking at me, but its part of their policy, and I respect that as well.
I'm really shocked its not part of every GYN/OB office procedure.

We had a nigerian doctor (Family Practice) who lost his license here who was accused of the same. No (or minimal) jail time iirc and a huge scandal. His now ex-wife was also a doctor in practice with him. They are now divorced, she insists on being called Dr. (First name) and she is in charge of the practice which is thriving.
 

naturalgyrl5199

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I found it sad that he did some of these things to young women who’d never had a gynecological exam before. I have a daughter who is a little young for this, but it’s coming up in the next few years, I imagine. is it weird for a mother to be in the room with the teen during the exam? I intend for her to only see a female gyno but at this point, I find it hard to trust anyone
Any doctor or dental practice that doesn't allow me to be in the same room with my kid during exams is not the practice for me. I just found a dental office for the girls who allow me back there as well. There are a few in town that don't allow parents at all. I'm hugely against this. In Jacksonville there was a dentist here who would have kids separated from their parents and then would pull their HEALTHY teeth and bill medicaid or their insurance for it. They would come back to their parents after the exam with teeth missing, even though the exam was supposed to be a cleaning or procedure on another tooth. He would do it to 1) punish the kids who would cry or be combative in the exam and exert power over lower income families, but I think the problem was he did it to A LOT of white kids 2) and then upcharge the insurance companies which is fraud. He was living extremely high on the hog and he defrauded Medicaid to the tune of over $2M. After enough accusations, an investigation was done and once the criminality was discovered, the dental and office assistants did a plea against him. After that (I think it was even shared on LHCF) I vowed NEVER to let my kids go with a doctor without me seeing. The only time I've allowed it was because my kid was literally going to get live saving surgery in the NICU. Never ever since then. There is literally NO reason a parent can't be there with their minor child. Combativeness and a fussy child is not an excuse (but its the excuse used in many practices). You reschedule and try again.

OTOH, for maybe young girls/teens who may not feel comfortable with you there, I will respect their privacy but DRILL THEY HECK OUT OF THEM about what to expect in a specific kind of Gyn exam. And then drill the heck out of them about did he/she touch you here, xyz, etc?
 
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