NEW YORK (AP) — A former obstetrician convicted of sexually abusing hundreds of patients has been ordered to spend the next two months in jail awaiting sentencing, a New York City federal judge ruled Wednesday.
After hearing statements from some victims at bail hearings, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman flatly shot down defense attorneys trying to free doctor Robert Hadden while awaiting his sentencing hearing in April.
“I’m done and so are you,” Berman was quoted as saying in the New York Daily News. Hadden’s attorney then filed papers appealing the judge’s detention order.
Hadden worked at two prominent Manhattan hospitals, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, until complaints about his attacks ended his career a decade ago.
Hadden, 64, of Englewood, New Jersey, was convicted last week after less than a day’s deliberation in a two-week trial. Nine former patients in this trial described how they were sexually abused during their most vulnerable examinations.
One of his victims was Miss Evelyn, the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. He also ran for mayor of New York City, but failed.
Hadden was convicted in federal court on four counts of enticing a victim to sexually abuse her across state lines and faces a sentence of several decades in prison.
After the verdict, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams issued a statement calling Hadden “a predator in a white coat.”
At the time, the judge refused to send Hadden to prison immediately, but said he was “mysterious” for having avoided prison.
At Wednesday’s hearing, the judge heard written statements from nine women and 43 other victims who were harassed by doctors. All of these urged the judge to take Hadden into immediate custody.
He was under electronic surveillance and was released on $1 million bail.
Hadden’s attorneys argued that he was not in danger of fleeing, but federal prosecutors urged the judge to consider the seriousness of his crimes.
For Hadden’s accusers, the federal case means doctors a second chance at harsher penalties. In a 2016 plea deal with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Hadden renounced his medical license, but did not have to serve time in prison.
At the time, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. defended his decision. Because the conviction was not upheld, his office sought a conviction to prevent Hadden from practicing medicine and victimizing additional women, he argued.