Former Doctor jailed for sexual offences - Buckinghamshire

12/02/2015

A former consultant appeared at Reading Court Court today, Thursday, 12 February 2015, and was jailed for a total of 18 years for sexual offences including rape.

Michael Salmon, aged 80, of Park Lane, Britford, Salisbury, was convicted at Reading Crown Court last Friday, 06 February 2015, by a jury following a five-week trial of two counts of rape and nine counts of indecent assault.  He was found not guilty of one count of rape, two counts of using an instrument to procure an abortion and one count of indecent assault.

He was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment for one count of rape, 10 year' imprisonment for the second count of rape and two years' imprisonment each for the nine counts of indecent assault.  The sentences will run concurrently, totalling 18 years' imprisonment.

The offences relate to six female victims and were committed between 1973 and 1988 while Salmon worked as a doctor at a Buckinghmshire hospital.

The victims, who were aged between 12 and 18, had all been referred to Salmon, who was a consultant paediatrician 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 to make her own way home.

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 in November 2013. This was reported in the media and further victims came forward to help support these women. Further charges were brought in May 2014.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Michael Salmon was convicted last Friday 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 that following the conviction and today's sentence they now feel that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Detective Sergeant Malcolm Wheeler from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: "I am pleased with the result. Salmon was a prolific sexual offender who abused his position of power 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.

"On a number of occasions, he carried out unnecessary internal examinations on young girls. Although they felt uncomfortable at this, they didn't feel able to tell anyone because they believed the examinations must have been necessary. Some of the offences were committed while the child's parent was just outside the room.

"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.

"He never admitted any of these offences and when asked about them, he denied carrying out any internal examinations and claimed the victims were lying. He was categorically shown to be lying over the last few weeks at Reading Crown Court.

"If you have been the victim of sexual abuse or know someone who has, then please get in touch with us. This sentence shows that even if the offences were committed decades ago, we will listen to you and we will do everything to make sure offenders are brought to justice."

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.

2I 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."