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Pediatrician Found Guilty of Molesting 86 Kids, Videotaping Sex Acts

DA: Medical office looked like playground, but was scene of horrific abuse.

KTLA News

7:16 AM EDT, June 24, 2011

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DOVER, Del. -- A former pediatrician accused of molesting as many as 100 patients and videotaping the sex acts has been found guilty of 24 counts, including 14 counts of rape.

Dr. Earl Bradley will be sentenced Aug. 26 and could be sentenced to life in prison on each of those counts.

A grand jury returned a 160-page indictment against Dr. Earl Bradley of Lewes with 471 counts of sexual crimes.

Bradley eventually plead guilty to an amended indictment, which consolidated the charges to 24 counts.

Under the deal, Bradley admitting to raping or assaulting at least 86 children he treated and videotaping the attacks exam rooms decorated with images of "Pinocchio" and "The Little Mermaid."

Attorney General Beau Biden said all of the alleged victims, mainly girls but including one boy, were caught on more than 13 hours of video recordings, some dating to 1998.

The indictment alleges Bradley was videotaping his sexual exploitation of patients as far back as December 1998.

Many victims were assaulted repeatedly, some on consecutive days, according to the indictment, which alleges that one girl was raped more than a dozen times over a period that lasted more than a year.

"The charges in this indictment are unique in the history of the state of Delaware, as far as I can tell," he said.

The charges against Bradley include rape, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact, continuous sexual abuse of a child, assault and reckless endangering.

His medical license was permanently revoked by the state Board of Medical Practice.

After years of suspicions among parents and questions about his strange behavior from colleagues, Bradley was arrested after a 2-year-old girl told her mother that the doctor hurt her in December when he took her to a basement room of his office after an exam.

While prosecutors allege regular and repeated abuse by Bradley, the indictment contains a gap of more than a year, from October 2004 to June 2006, in which no alleged crimes are listed.