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Del. Pediatrician Found Guilty of Raping Child Patients

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- A former Delaware pediatrician was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting scores of young patients at his office, which was decked out with a merry-go-round and a small Ferris wheel.

Prosecutors said Earl B. Bradley, 58, of Lewes, took homemade videos of the abuse. Sussex County Superior Court Judge William Carpenter Jr. found Bradley guilty of all 24 counts, including 14 counts of rape. Bradley faces life in prison without the possibility of parole at his Aug. 26 sentencing.

Bradley, dressed in prison garb, sat silently and showed no visible reaction when the verdict was announced, but some of the spectators cried.

Carpenter presided over a one-day non-jury trial on June 7 in which prosecutors called two witnesses and presented more than 13 hours of videos to the judge showing sex crimes against 86 victims, most of whom were toddlers. The videos were from December 1998 to Dec. 13, 2009, just days before Bradley was arrested after a 2-year-old girl told her mother the doctor hurt her at his office.

Bradley's defense attorneys opted for the quick trial so they could appeal the judge's decision allowing the videos to be used as evidence.

Bradley's arrest followed previous police investigations and years of suspicions among parents. His colleagues also questioned his strange behavior.

Since his arrest, reviews have found that state medical society officials, individual doctors and the Delaware Department of Justice violated state law by not reporting possible unprofessional behavior to the medical licensing board. The board itself was criticized for failing to act on information it did receive about Bradley.

Gov. Jack Markell signed nine bills about a year ago prompted by the Bradley case that tightened regulation of doctors and clarified the obligations of the medical and law-enforcement communities to report and communicate about suspected physician misconduct and child abuse.

The judge has a gag order in place for attorneys and others involved in the case.

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