'Predator in a white coat': Former physician convicted of sex abuse

Robert Hadden, former New York City gynecologist, was convicted of four counts of enticing his former patients into the state to engage in illegal sexual activity, The New York Times reported Jan. 24.

The conviction came after two hours of jury deliberations. Mr. Hadden, who has not worked as a physician since 2012, is set to receive sentencing in April. Each of the four counts carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

"Robert Hadden was a predator in a white coat," Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement after the verdict. "For years, he cruelly lured women who sought professional medical care to his offices in order to gratify himself."

Mr. Hadden will remain in jail until his sentencing in April. 

Six years ago, Mr. Hadden admitted to sexual abuse in a state court plea agreement that allowed him to avoid time behind bars. In October, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, both in New York City, reached a $165 million settlement with 147 former patients who reported sexual abuse or misconduct by the former gynecologist.

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