NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to deny claims by a former New York doctor that his admission of guilt in a state court sexual abuse case means he cannot be prosecuted in federal court for sexual assault.
In federal court papers in Manhattan, prosecutors defended their charges against Robert A. Hadden, calling it an “absurd claim” that they could not be prosecuted because Hadden pleaded guilty to violent contact and abuse in a state plea deal in 2016 a count admitted a criminal sexual act.
They called for defense arguments to be rejected that claimed the federal attorneys were puppets for the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
Hadden, 63, of Englewood, New Jersey, was arrested a year ago and pleaded guilty of indictment of accusing the former New York gynecologist of singling out young and unsuspecting victims of abuse, including a young girl he worked on Had given birth.
Prosecutors said they started their investigation last year before bringing charges against Hadden of sexually abusing dozens of female patients from around 1993 to 2012, while trying to trick victims into believing that the sexual abuse was appropriate and is medically necessary.
The indictment stated that Hadden sexually abused patients, including several minors, in his medical offices and hospitals in Manhattan while he was a doctor at Columbia University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital.
The indictment described the abuse of an underage woman and five adult women who had traveled from abroad to see Hadden.
Hadden stays free on $ 1 million bail.
A message asking for comment was sent to Hadden’s defense attorney.
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