A former Columbia University doctor was indicted on charges of sexually abuse of dozens female patients


Robert Hadden, 62-year-old, a former Columbia University doctor and gynecologist and obstetrician at the New York City Ivy League school and at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, has been indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of using his position to sexually abuse dozens female patients between 1993 and 2012. His victims included a minor prosecutors said he delivered as a baby. Hadden was arrested at his home in Englewood, New Jersey, at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang claimed in January that she was victimized by Hadden. According to the federal indictment, Hadden allegedly used his position at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital “to make or to attempt to make his victims believe that the sexual abuse he inflicted on them was appropriate and medically necessary.”


Federal prosecutors outlined a series of breast and pelvic exams that were “excessively long and sexualized” after ensuring no one else was present in the examination room. For many victims, Hadden was their first gynecologist. Hadden pleaded guilty in 2016 to a single felony count of criminal sexual contact. He was forced to give up his medical license. The FBI implored additional victims to come forward, saying the investigation is ongoing.