Gynecologist will spend 20 years in prison for sexual abuse of patients

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A gynecologist who practiced at Columbia University Hospital in New York was sentenced Monday in federal court to serve 20 years in prison on charges of sexual abuse of patients committed in his Manhattan office.

Robert Hadden64, has been sentenced to 20 years for each of the four charges being tried, but in total he will be 20 in prison because he will serve his sentence concurrently; Of course, when he leaves he will have to spend the rest of his life under the supervision of the authorities.

He doctor was found guilty last January in federal court for the southern district of New York in Manhattan for the assaults on four women whom he seduced into traveling from New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania to gynecological appointments and obstetrics at his office in New York.

"It's a sexual predator disguised in a white coat,” said one of 11 women who spoke anonymously in court last month as part of the Hadden case and recounted their experiences.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Hospital Presbyterian, both in New York, where Hadden was on his staff before he was charged, separately settled with 226 former patients, who were awarded a total of $236 million.

Six years ago, Hadden admitted to committing sexual abuse in an agreement with the local Manhattan District Attorney's Office that allowed him not to go to jail, which angered dozens of women.

Hadden, a New Jersey native, was free during his trial but has been in prison since being found guilty by a jury last January.

“This case is horrendous like no other in my experience, it is beyond extraordinary and depraved“, indicated the federal judge Richard M. Berman when issuing the sentence.

The federal Prosecutor's Office had requested that he be sentenced to 25 years and the defense lawyers demanded 3 years for the defendant.

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