A pediatrician was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after raping six sick girls at a hospital, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
80-year-old Michael Salmon appeared at the Reading Crown Court, where he was sentenced to serve 18 years in prison.
Salmon of Park Lane, Britford, Salisbury, was convicted at the Reading Crown Court by a jury following a five-week trial on two counts of rape and nine counts of indecent assault.
The offenses relate to six female victims and were committed while Salmon worked as a doctor at a Buckinghamshire hospital.
The victims, who were aged between 12 and 18, had all been referred to Salmon, who was a consultant pediatrician at various hospitals in the Aylesbury area.
The court heard how many of them had felt "uncomfortable" when being examined by Salmon, but believed that he was trustworthy because he was a doctor.
In one case, he took a 16-year-old girl to his home and raped her. The court heard how following the assault, he dropped her off at a bus stop and she had to go home alone.
Others reported having to kiss Salmon goodbye whenever they finished an appointment with him.
Four victims initially came forward and Salmon was arrested and charged. Later, more victims came forward to help support these women.
“On a number of occasions, he carried out unnecessary internal examinations on young girls. Although they felt uncomfortable, they didn't feel able to tell anyone because they believed the examinations must have been necessary. Some of the offenses were committed while the parents were just outside the room,” the prosecutor said.
Salmon denied the allegations, saying that the victims are all lying.