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Jailed ex-children's doctor given four more years for sexually abusing girls as young as eight

Dr Michael Salmon arrives at Reading Crown Court in January 2015. Credit: PA

A former children's doctor who is currently serving an 18-year sentence for rape and indecent assault has been given four more years for sexually abusing patients as young as eight.

A jury at Reading Crown Court found Michael Salmon, 81, guilty of 14 counts of indecent assault, but cleared him of rape and a further 11 counts of indecent assault, earlier this month.

Salmon indecently assaulted patients - aged between eight and 16 - while examining them, often behind a screen while their parents were in the room.

He demanded one victim, who had come to see him about a problem with her ears, remove her clothes before touching her inappropriately. Other young patients were "routinely" made to undress.

The former doctor sexually abused one girl in her bedroom while on a home visit.

Salmon attacked most of his victims during the 1970s and 1980s, when he worked as a consultant paediatrician in hospitals in Buckinghamshire, including the Stoke Mandeville, the hospital notorious for its association with Jimmy Savile.

Savile was given free rein to sexually abuse 60 people, including seriously ill eight-year-olds, over two decades at Stoke Mandeville hospital due to his status as a celebrity fundraiser, an inquiry in February 2015 found.

Salmon was found guilty in February 2015 of two counts of rape and nine counts of indecent assault. The four-year sentence will run consecutively to the term he is already serving, the judge said.

Salmon was struck off the medical register in 1991 after pleading guilty to three counts of indecent assault against young female patients in December 1990.

Sentencing him, judge Johannah Cutts QC said: "Parents, often very worried about their children's condition, were thrilled their child was in your care. You were held in high esteem.

"It seems to me you considered yourself bomb-proof.

"You have never shown the slightest contrition or remorse for your actions.

"Your offending spanned 14 years - the girls were ill at the time and sexually assaulted by the doctor who was responsible for their care.

"They were treated as objects for your sexual gratification."