She was young, scared, and desperate for a way out when she contacted Dr. Michael Salmon, who confirmed her worst fears: She was pregnant. But he offered her the help she longed for – he offered to perform an illegal abortion inside his home. As she lay bleeding after the excruciating procedure, Salmon led her back to his bedroom so he could “examine” her.
“He then said 'one favour deserves another,' took off her trousers, held her down on the bed, and raped her,” prosecutor Miranda Moore told jurors, who heard Salmon is a serial sexual predator.
Shortly after their first encounter, Salmon told the teen that a test performed on the aborted baby showed that she may have been pregnant with twins. She said she eventually agreed to return to his home, where she was assaulted a second time.
In all, Salmon is accused of victimizing eight girls – some as young as 11 years old – between 1973 and 1988. The alleged abortions and rapes took place between July 1984 and July 1985.
Another underage patient claims that Salmon told her to call him “Uncle Mike” as she posed for naked photos, which he said would be for medical use. She says the doctor later groped her, drugged her, then had her gang raped by himself and two other men inside the hospital. The doctor described the girl – who suffered from neurofi bromatosis, which caused her to break out in tumors – as “deformed” and “unattractive.”
Prosecutors say Salmon earned parents' trust with his charming bedside manner so that he could get their daughters alone. Then he engaged in a panoply of inappropriate and violent sexual activity.
Moore said that Salmon “on occasions carried out internal vaginal examinations, something for which there was no medical need whatsoever, without a nurse present and without wearing surgical gloves.” She also accused him of fondling girls' breasts under the pretense of taking their heartbeats.
Many of the accounts of horrific abuse took place while Salmon, who is now 79, worked as a pediatrician at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, in southern England.
Jurors heard that Salmon believed he was impervious to prosecution – “bomb-proof” in Moore's phrase – because of his power and position, and his victims' youth.
Authorities charged Salmon with 11 counts of indecent aggression, three counts of rape, and two counts of procuring an abortion in November 2013.
Salmon entered a not guilty plea in Reading Crown Court, telling the press he's “speechless. I’ve never in my life raped anyone.”
Salmon still goes by “doctor,” although he lost his legal right to practice medicine in 1991 after being convicted of sexually assaulting three different women during the same time frame.
The explosive charges came to light as part of the investigation into charges of pedophilia by Jimmy Savile. Although there is no connection between the two, the Savile investigation inspired women to go public with stories they had buried for decades.
Salmon's story parallels that of Dr. Naresh Patel, the 62-year-old Oklahoma abortionist who has been accused of performing “abortions” on women who were not pregnant.
A number of women have come forward to accuse Patel of sexually abusing his patients over two decades. In 1993, four separate women alleged that Patel had raped them vaginally, orally, and anally, while they were anesthetized for their procedures.
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Although a jury found him not guilty, eight more women have come forward with allegations against Patel, including sexual impropriety.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt charged the 62-year-old Patel with one felony count of racketeering and three misdemeanor counts of obtaining money under a false pretense for allegedly selling abortion-inducing drugs to women who were not pregnant. The racketeering charge carries a 10-year sentence.