Mr. Vance’s office also went against the recommendation of a state panel and sought the lowest sex offender status for the doctor, which a judge granted.
Ms. Yang said an assistant district attorney in the office “sounded apologetic” about the deal. Ms. Yang said she was frustrated that she was not allowed to speak directly to the judge when Mr. Hadden was sentenced.
“I was just flat-out denied,” she told CNN. “It was very strategic so that the judge wouldn’t be influenced if there were dozens of women in court saying that this man had assaulted them to this degree, maybe the judge would have said,‘ Why is he not getting any jail time? Why aren’t you pursuing jail time? ’”
In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Vance said: “Dr. Hadden was a serial sexual predator who used access and power to take advantage of women in their most vulnerable states. We support all of his survivors, and applaud their strength and courage. ”
Mr. Vance added that because a conviction is never guaranteed in a criminal trial, his office’s primary concern was holding Mr. Hadden accountable and “making sure he could never do this again – which is why we insisted on a felony conviction and permanent surrender of his medical license.”
“While we stand by our legal analysis and resulting disposition of this difficult case, we regret that this resolution has caused survivors pain, ”Mr. Vance said.
A call to a phone number listed for Mr. Hadden went unanswered on Thursday night. Isabelle A. Kirshner, who represented Mr. Hadden in the criminal case, declined to comment.