Friday, June 24, 2011

Delaware ex-pediatrician guilty of child sex abuse, 24 counts of rape, assault

describes graphic crimes

Delaware ex-pediatrician guilty of child sex abuse

By Dan Shortridge, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal
6/23/11 GEORGETOWN, Del.

A Delaware pediatrician was found guilty Thursday of raping and abusing his child patients.

Earl Bradley, 58, accused of raping or assaulting more than 100 girls he treated, was convicted of all 24 counts of rape, assault and sexual exploitation that he faced in Sussex Superior Court here.

The verdict was expected: Evidence of the attacks included videos that he recorded and Bradley's lawyers did not mount any defense. Instead, they are expected to appeal an earlier ruling from Judge William Carpenter Jr. that 13 hours of videos seized from Bradley's office was admissible.

A state police detective who viewed the videos said during the trial that Bradley used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a few girls who were "ashen gray" from choking and suffocation after he forced them to perform oral sex on him.

The videos also show children in diapers screaming as they attempt in vain to escape from their doctor before he rapes them in an outbuilding at his office where he took children for candy and toys. In one case at his home, a video shows Bradley using nitrous oxide to keep a sleeping 7-year-old girl sedate during his attack, police testified.

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