Sexual Abuse Claims Against Dr. Robert Hadden
In September 2020, Robert Hadden, a former gynecologist at Columbia University, was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for sexually abusing his patients. The indictment included six counts of sexual abuse that occurred from 1993 to 2012 involving one minor and five adults. Mr. Hadden pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the indictment, Mr. Hadden induced his patients to travel interstate in order to engage in sexual activity. Prosecutors allege that he sought out victims for abuse, used his role as a doctor to make his patients believe that his behavior was medically appropriate, and urged victims to return to his office for follow up appointments. Mr. Hadden often requested that nurses or assistants leave the room while he conducted his examinations.
Mr. Hadden was previously indicted on charges of sexual abuse by six former patients in 2014. In 2016, Mr. Hadden pleaded guilty to criminal sexual act in the third degree, which was the most serious of the charges, and one misdemeanor count of forcible touching. The deal required Mr. Hadden to relinquish his medical license, but allowed him to stay out of prison. The prosecutors that crafted the deal claimed that by terminating Mr. Hadden’s medical license, he would not have the same access to women that enabled him to abuse women in the first place.
Accusations against Mr. Hadden persisted and new questions about the terms of the plea deal surfaced when Ms. Evelyn Yang and other former patients revealed in early 2020 that they were sexually abused by Mr. Hadden. These accusations triggered criticism over the leniency of the deal that Mr. Hadden received in 2016.
Although the federal indictment was released just last month, there is evidence that Columbia University became aware of Mr. Hadden’s conduct in the mid-1990s. Thirteen women have alleged that Mr. Hadden committed acts of sexual misconduct against them in the 1990s. Prosecutors declined to pursue legal action in these cases based on the age of the complaints. In one instance, a former patient wrote a letter to Columbia University officials in 1994 that described sexual abuse by Mr. Hadden. There is no evidence that the University followed up on these complaints or launched an internal investigation concerning Mr. Hadden. Hadden was permitted to resume his duties as a physician at Columbia following his initial arrest. A pending lawsuit against Columbia University, filed in 2019, maintains that the University actively ignored and concealed allegations of sexual abuse against the former doctor and failed to take action to protect the patients under its care.
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