Former paediatrician Michael Salmon has been found guilty of two rapes and nine offences of indecent assault. He was convicted of the offences, committed against young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, on 6th February 2015.
Salmon was acquitted of one rape and one indecent assault, as well as one offence of carrying out an illegal abortion.
The former doctor, now aged 79, committed the offences between 1973 and 1988. He was struck off the medical register in 1991 for admitting three counts of indecent assault against young female patients.
He pleaded not guilty to the offences at Reading Crown Court but was convicted following a trial. Witnesses evidenced that Salmon carried out his attacks behind a screen in his consulting room, with parents of the victims sat waiting, believing he was completing a medical examination. A victim evidenced that he had raped her on two separate occasions, when she was just 16 years old.
Miranda Moore QC, prosecuting, said he believed he was “bomb-proof” because no one would believe a child over him.
The jury heard that Salmon would assault young girls by touching their breasts and would carry out intimate examinations, for which there was no medical need.
Salmon claimed the allegations were “sexual fantasies” made up by “gold diggers” and unreliable teenagers.
In a press statement, Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern said:
“Michael Salmon has been convicted today of offences which are particularly shocking due to the abuse of his position as a doctor taking advantage of the female patients in his care. His crimes were extremely traumatic for his victims who should have expected his support rather than this gross betrayal of their trust.
“Michael Salmon used his status to molest these vulnerable young girls and women who felt unable to complain as he was a doctor, and many of whom only bravely came forward after seeing other cases in the media. I hope they now feel that justice has been done.”
Salmon remains in custody, awaiting sentence.