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Del. Doctors, Medical Society Named in Latest Bradley Lawsuit

Earl Bradley is shown in Delaware State Police custody back in December. (Photo: WBOC) Earl Bradley is shown in Delaware State Police custody back in December. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - More civil lawsuits have been filed following the arrest of former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley, with the latest targeting Delaware's medical community.

One suit filed late Wednesday in Superior Court names the Medical Society of Delaware and three Delaware doctors: orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Marvel of Lewes, pediatrician Dr. Lowell Scott of Milton and psychiatrist Dr. Carol Tavani of New Castle County.
Bradley and Beebe Medical Center are also named in the suit, which was filed by Wilmington attorney Bruce Hudson on behalf of unnamed parents. The suit includes a 3-year-old girl identified as "Jane Doe."
Bradley remains locked up on $2.9 million bond, accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 young patients over a 10-year-period.
Hudson said Marvel and Tavani, both of whom were members of the Medical Society, failed to act on previous warnings about Bradley when Bradley's sister filed a complaint with the group in 2005.
"Between 2005 and 2009 defendants Delaware Medical Society, Marvel, Tavani and Scott had information and reports of unprofessional conduct which endangered the public by Bradley and which were not reported to the Medical Board," the filing states.
A witness statement in court documents said Tavani turned Bradley's sister's letter over to Marvel but an investigation was never conducted. Delaware law requires members of the medical community who know or suspect child abuse to report it.
Last month, Medical Society spokeswoman Wendy Gainor told WBOC the complaint in 2005 included concerns about Bradley's personal health and financial status but did not include accusations of inappropriate touching.
Marvel did not return a phone call Wednesday. Tavani could not be reached for comment.
Hudson said pediatrician Dr. Lowell Scott is named, in part, for his role in referring to Bradley as a "pedophile." Scott, who runs Scott Pediatrics in Milton, told WBOC in January that he used the word "pedophile" but meant it more as a joke. Hudson said Scott's use of the word indicates he had knowledge that should've been reported to authorities.
Scott was not in the office Wednesday. A nurse said he would be out all week following a medical procedure. In January, Scott said he had been subpoenaed by the Attorney General's Office.
Hudson said he was filing a second lawsuit Wednesday that included a four-year-old boy as a victim. That brings the total number of civil lawsuits to at least 17. Hudson said he planned to amend previous filings against Beebe Medical Center to include the names of the three medical professionals.
Beebe Vice President Wallace Hudson said via e-mail this week that the hospital would not comment on the civil suit filings. Beebe told the Attorney General's office it would not comment publicly on the case during the criminal investigation, Wallace Hudson said.
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