- Dr. D. Eugene Redmond Jr., a psychiatry professor, retired from Yale in 2018 after a University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct concluded he sexually harassed a student.
- A 54-page independent investigation commissioned by Yale and published on Tuesday found that Redmond sexually assaulted five students at a research facility in St. Kitts in the Caribbean.
- The investigation found Redmond engaged in sexual misconduct with at least eight other undergraduates and one high school student over a period of 25 years.
- Yale President Peter Salovey ordered the investigation in January, and 110 witnesses, including 38 current and former students, most of whom were Yale undergrads, where interviewed as part of the probe.
- Redmond has not been criminally charged, and he has denied the allegations of sexual assault.
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A six-month investigation into a Yale Medical School professor found that he lured students down to a research facility in the Caribbean for decades, and sexually assaulted five of them.
Dr. D. Eugene Redmond Jr., a psychiatry professor, retired from Yale in 2018, after a University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct concluded he sexually harassing a student. He is still awaiting disciplinary action, but an independent investigation into his conduct was launched in January.
The 54-page independent investigation commissioned by Yale and published on Tuesday – first reported on by The Yale Daily News and The New Haven Register – found that Redmond sexually assaulted five students at a research facility in St. Kitts and engaged in sexual misconduct with at least eight other undergraduates and one high school student over a period of 25 years.
“Each of these incidents occurred in a bedroom that Redmond required each student to share with him and after each of the students had been drinking with Redmond,” former US Attorney Deirdre Daly wrote in a summary of the investigation. “We have also determined that Redmond conducted, in St. Kitts, three purported medical exams of students that included inappropriate genital and/or rectal exams.”
Redmond had been a member of Yale’s faculty since 1974. According to the investigation, he claimed to have shut down his internship program in 1994, after three students complained of sexual misconduct and harassment, but he re-opened the program in 2001.
“Redmond carefully selected the interns he abused and harassed,” the report said. “He often isolated them from their peers and flattered them, supported them financially, offered assistance for admittance to medical school, expressed deep affection, discussed intimate sexual matters, and sought time alone with them.”
Yale President Peter Salovey ordered the investigation into Redmond in January, and 110 witnesses, including 38 current and former students, most of whom were Yale undergrads, where interviewed as part of the probe.
Daly said in his report on the investigation that the accounts of assault were “highly credible,” and those who were interviewed were “candid and straightforward.” Each allegation was corroborated by “family members, friends, or therapists to whom the students reported the incidents,” the document said.
New Haven and St. Kitts police have been notified of the investigation’s findings, according to a press release from Yale. Redmond has not been criminally charged and declined to be interviewed by the university. The report said he has “generally denied any complaints of sexual misconduct.”
Salovey said in a statement on Tuesday that he was “deeply sorry Redmond’s behaviour was not stopped once and for all when it was first reported.”
“I am grateful to the survivors who bravely came forward to report the assault and misconduct to which they were subjected,” he said. “The behaviours in question violate every expectation we have of our faculty and the trust our students, and society, place in educators.”
Yale said in its statement that the university has “implemented new protocols for the maintenance and review of faculty disciplinary records so that relevant administrators can easily access a complete picture of any prior misconduct.”
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit hotline.rainn.org/online and receive confidential support.
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