A British doctor who did an abortion on a 16-year-old girl’s baby and then proceeded to rape her has been found guilty. The doctor, Michael Salmon, reported sexually abused multiple girls during his practice.
Salmon is on trial at Reading Crown Court accused of three counts a rape, 11 of indecent assault, and two of using an instrument with intent to procure a miscarriage.
Prosecutors claim he assaulted girls while treating them under the pretense of “vaginal examinations” and performed an illegal abortion on a 16-year-old before raping her, saying “one favor deserves another.” He invited her back a second time after warning she might have been pregnant with twins and again raped her.
Salmon believed he was “bomb-proof” from allegations because no one would believe a child over him, the jury was told. The alleged offenses involve eight girls aged from 11 to 18, between 1973 and 1988 when he was working at Buckinghamshire hospitals including Stoke Mandeville, in Aylesbury, as a consultant pediatrician.
Now, he’s been found guilty. Salmon was convicted of sexually assaulting young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital during the 70s and 80s:
Salmon, 80, was also convicted of twice raping a 16-year-old patient at his home after she turned to him for help over a possible pregnancy.
The father was found guilty at Reading Crown Court today of nine counts of indecent assault and two of rape against six girls aged 12 to 18.
He carried out many of his attacks behind a screen in his consulting room while his victim’s parents waited, believing he was completing a medical examination.
Salmon worked as a consultant paediatrician at hospitals in Buckinghamshire including the world-renowned Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury, which was thrown in to the spotlight in 2011 following disclosures that prolific paedophile Savile repeatedly abused patients at the hospital where he had his own office.
Following today’s verdict, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Wheeler, from the child abuse investigation unit at Thames Valley Police, said: “Salmon was a prolific sexual offender who abused his position of power in order for his own sexual gratification.
“As a consultant paediatrician, he preyed on young girls who had been referred to him for a variety of health issues.
“They trusted him, they believed him, because he was a doctor and they thought he was trustworthy.