Former OBGYN Robert Hadden Served No Jail Time Despite Guilty Plea in 2016
Posted on: April 12, 2023 Sexual Abuse & Assault Lawsuits
In 2015, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office prosecuted Robert Hadden, an OBGYN accused of sexually abusing several patients. One woman told prosecutors she was 30-weeks pregnant when Hadden assaulted her. According to court records, the District Attorney’s Office had 18 other women willing to testify they suffered similar assaults at the hands of Hadden over the past twenty years.
After months of pre-trial motions from Hadden’s attorney, prosecutors and the disgraced doctor reached a plea deal in 2016. Hadden agreed to forfeit his medical license and plead guilty to a criminal sex act in the third degree and forcible touching. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop all other charges against him, and agreed not to pursue charges should any other victims come forward. The deal also downgraded Hadden’s sex offender status to the lowest level. This means that Hadden is not listed in the online sex offender registry in New York State. Hadden never spent a day in state prison for all of the sexual assaults he committed on his patients. The plea deal Hadden agreed to was so favorable to him that his defense attorney listed it at the time as a recent success on her firm’s website. Even the judge in Hadden’s federal sexual abuse trial was shocked there was no prison time from the state.
While the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office appears to have been very lenient on Hadden, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the federal judge overseeing his federal criminal trial were not. Hadden was convicted on multiple federal sexual abuse charges. He was also ordered to jail, where he currently sits while he awaits his sentencing trial scheduled in April.
Even though Hadden’s criminal prosecution is heading towards the end, thanks to New York’s Adult Survivors Act, victims of Hadden’s sexual abuse may still have the option to pursue a civil lawsuit. The Adult Survivors Act opened a 1-year revival window. The window gives survivors, who suffered sexual abuse after they turned 18-years-old, the ability to sue despite the fact that the abuse may have occurred years, or even decades, ago. New York’s Adult Survivors Act window will close on November 23, 2023. Survivors of Hadden’s sexual abuse need to bring their claims before this date to ensure they have the opportunity to file them.
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