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A former gynecologist at Columbia University has once again been charged with sexually abusing his patients under the guise of providing medical care.
Robert Hadden, 62, was arrested Wednesday on six counts of enticing and inducing six victims to travel interstate to engage in illegal sexual activity. He's accused of bringing women into his hospital so he could sexually abuse them. These abuses allegedly spanned almost 20 years and involved at least one minor, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday and uploaded by the Southern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Dozens of women have previously spoken out against Hadden, including Evelyn Yang, wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. But despite multiple previous arrests and sexual abuse charges — two of which he pled guilty to — Hadden has yet to serve prison time, according to CNN.
Hadden is currently accused of a wide range of abuses, including performing unnecessary and needlessly invasive vaginal exams, licking victims’ vaginas, groping victims’ breasts and pinching their nipples, and making victims strip naked for so-called “mole checks,” according to the indictment.
Hadden has previously been accused of similar actions with at least one other minor, according to a civil indictment filed against Hadden in February and obtained by Oxygen.com. Another medical worker was in the room while Hadden allegedly had the girl undress and get on all fours before he gave her unnecessary breast and vaginal exams and rubbed his ungloved hands “up and down" her nude body, according to the civil indictment.
The girl had only recently hit puberty, and it was her first time going to a gynecologist.
Evelyn Yang has spoken out about how Hadden treated her when she was pregnant with her first child. She claimed his advances got worse with time, as he asked increasingly “inappropriate, probing questions that were unrelated to my health,” during a January interview with CNN. The abuses allegedly culminated with Hadden grabbing the woman, undressing her, and internally examining her without gloves on.
“I was confused, and then I realized what was happening, and then I just kind of froze. Like a deer in the headlights, just frozen,” Yang told CNN.
In 2014, six alleged victims banded together to hit Hadden with several sex-related charges, according to the New York Times. The lead prosecutor originally offered the doctor a deal in which he could plead guilty in exchange for a four-year sentence.
Over the next year and a half, however, the district attorney’s office drastically lowered those terms. In the end, Hadden pled guilty to a single felony and one misdemeanor. He lost his medical license and became listed as a lowest-level sex offender, but served no prison time, according to the Times.
Hadden had also been arrested six weeks prior to Yang’s alleged assault after a woman claimed that he licked her vagina during an examination, according to CNN. That arrest was later voided and Hadden returned to work.
Hadden has pled not guilty to his latest charges, according to the New York Post. He was released Wednesday on $1 million bond.
Hadden's attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.
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