Delaware pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing patients, gets life

Delaware pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing patients, gets life

August 26th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Dr. Earl Bradley is shown. Bradley, a convicted child rapist who sexually molested scores of young patients for more than a decade, is also a benefactor of a foundation that he helped establish to assist families grieving the loss of a child. (AP Photo/Delaware State Police, File)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - A Delaware pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing scores of young patients over more than a decade was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

Earl Bradley showed no emotion as a judge sentenced him to 14 life sentences for 14 counts of first-degree rape. Bradley was also sentenced to 165 years for multiple counts of assault and continuous sexual exploitation of a child.

Bradley was arrested in Dec. 2009 after a 2-year-old girl complained to her mother after an office visit that the doctor had hurt her.

Investigators searched his office complex, decorated with Disney characters and miniature amusement park rides, and seized dozens of homemade videos.

Bradley's public defenders presented no defense at his trial, opting instead for a swift verdict so they could more quickly appeal the judge's decision to allow the videos as evidence. The defense contends they were improperly seized by investigators acting outside the scope of their search warrant.

At trial earlier this year, prosecutors presented to Superior Court Judge William Carpenter Jr. more than 13 hours of videos showing sex crimes against more than 80 victims, most of whom were toddlers.

Bradley waived his right to a jury trial, and Carpenter issued the guilty verdict after a one-day trial.

Years before his 2009 arrest, Bradley had drawn suspicion. He closed an office in Milford in 2005 after police investigated.

Bradley's sister, who worked in his office, told police in 2005 that her brother was bipolar and taking medication from the office, and that several parents had complained to her about Bradley inappropriately touching patients.

Two pediatricians interviewed in 2005 also told investigators about complaints from Bradley's former patients.