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NYC: Gynecologist accused of abusing patients hit with federal indictment

NEW YORK (WABC) — A former Columbia University gynecologist was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly sexually abusing patients.

Robert Hadden reached a plea deal in 2016 with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that allowed him to avoid prison time after he was accused of sexually abusing 19 patients.

A judge granted him the lowest sex offender status as part of the deal, in which he surrendered his medical license.

The indictment charges him with abusing six victims, including a minor, but says between 1993 and 2012 Hadden abused “dozens” of his patients, including “multiple minors.” None of the victims was identified by name.

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