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Yale professor sexually assaulted five students at Caribbean research facility, prosecutor’s report alleges

2019-08-22

Yale University, where Dr. D. Eugene Redmond served as a professor for more than four decades. (Getty Images)

A Yale University psychiatry professor sexually assaulted five students at a Caribbean research facility and committed sexual misconduct against at least eight others, a former federal prosecutor alleges.

An exhaustive report by ex-Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly concludes that Dr. D. Eugene Redmond molested two students in the early 1990s and three others this decade.

Redmond retired last year after 44 years with the Yale School of Medicine — and “with disciplinary proceedings pending against him,” according to the report, released Tuesday.

Yale announced in January that it had hired Daly and the Stamford law firm where she is employed to look into Redmond’s conduct.

Redmond has denied the allegations, and no criminal charges have been filed. Each of the incidents took place at a research facility on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts “in a bedroom that Redmond required each student to share with him and after each of the students had been drinking with Redmond,” according to the report.

Additionally, Redmond is accused of conducting three “purported” medical exams of students that “included inappropriate genital and/or rectal exams.”

Daly’s law firm quizzed a total of 110 witnesses, including 38 current and former students.

“We found the students’ accounts to be highly credible,” the report read. “When interviewed, the students were candid and straightforward; they neither embellished facts nor appeared vindictive.”

There were no eyewitnesses, and each student admitted they were intoxicated at the time of the suspected assaults. However, each incident is corroborated, in part, “by written communications and interviews with family members, friends, or therapists to whom the students reported the incidents.”

“The strongest corroboration for the assaults is the striking similarity between the students’ accounts of what happened, despite the fact that the incidents occurred years, and, in some cases, decades apart, and the students do not know one another or the nature of their individual accounts,” according to the report.

Daly alleges that Redmond tried to obstruct the investigation by encouraging witnesses not to cooperate. Redmond agreed to be interviewed, but only if given the names of the accusers “and all notes and memoranda relating to our interviews of those students.”

“We did not agree to these preconditions,” Daly wrote.