Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

UCL Keeps Mum as 'Dad of 58' Convicted

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

UCL Keeps Mum as 'Dad of 58' Convicted

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University silent on fate of neuroscience professor convicted of sexual assault. Jack Grove reports

University College London has refused to say what action it will take against a professor of neuroscience convicted of sexual assault, who remains in his post after a case centring on his sideline as a private sperm donor who has fathered 58 children.

Gennadij Raivich remains listed on the UCL website as professor of perinatal neuroscience, working in maternal and fetal medicine in its Institute for Women's Health.

But he faces jail next month for molesting a woman who had approached him about using his services as a private sperm donor.

Raivich fathered 58 children by setting himself up as a "one-stop shop" to artificially inseminate women who were desperate for a family, Blackfriars Crown Court in London heard.

The 51-year-old New Zealand-born scientist, who is a qualified doctor in Germany but has never practised in the UK, had described his activities in a newspaper interview prior to his arrest as "a hobby or charitable act", saying that he "loved children" and wanted to give the gift of parenthood.

However, prosecutors claimed that he was a "narcissist" who was "sexually motivated in some of [his] transactions" and wanted to embark upon a "breeding programme".

He has continued to publish scientific papers with UCL colleagues since news of his arrest broke in April 2013. His latest paper, co-authored with UCL staff, was published in March 2014.

A UCL spokesman said that the institution "took steps to ensure UCL's interests were protected" when it became aware of the matter. …

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