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Former doctor jailed for 18 years for abusing girls

Michael Salmon was convicted of raping a 16-year-old in his bedroom Credit: PA

A former children's doctor has been jailed for 18 years for indecently assaulting girls at the same hospital where Jimmy Savile abused patients.

79-year-old Michael Salmon was convicted of nine indecent assaults and two rapes carried out against six girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital between 1973 and 1988.

Salmon was sentenced to 18 years behind bars for raping a 16-year-old in his bedroom after claiming to carry out an abortion on her.

The judge at Reading Crown Court sentenced him to 14 years for the second rape charge, to run concurrently, and two years behind bars for each of the nine counts of indecent assault.

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CPS: Crimes were 'extremely traumatic'

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.”


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Abuse doctor was 'prolific sexual offender'

A former children's doctor has been found guilty of indecently assaulting young girls at Stoke Mandeville Hospital was a "prolific sexual offender".

Designated Investigator Emma Barlow said: “I would like to thank all the witnesses for having the courage to come forward, face their abuser and tell the court what happened to them many years ago when they were child patients of Salmon.

“I would like to also thank the strength of the women who were the witnesses from an earlier conviction of Salmon in 1990.

They gave evidence to the court this time for matters they thought had been put to rest 25 years ago.”

Michael Salmon, 79, was convicted at Reading Crown Court. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Det Sgt Malcolm Wheeler from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit 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.

“They have had to live with his actions their entire lives and it is only because of their bravery that Salmon now faces a long time behind bars."

Man charged with Stoke Mandeville sex offences

A 78-year-old man has been charged with rape and indecent assault in connection with incidents at several hospitals including Stoke Mandeville in the 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Salmon, from Wood Green in Hampshire, was arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police Service's Operation Yewtree which was set up following the Jimmy Savile allegations.

He was arrested today and later charged with one count of rape and four counts of indecent assault by Thames Valley Police.

The charges relate to incidents involving four victims between 1972 to 1985 at hospitals in the Aylesbury area.

Salmon will appear at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court on December 17.