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No Bidders for Earl Bradley's Foreclosed Lewes Home

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The former home of Earl Bradley along Savannah Road in Lewes, Del. (Photo: WBOC) The former home of Earl Bradley along Savannah Road in Lewes, Del. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del.- The former home of pedophile pediatrician Earl Bradley received no bids during a foreclosure auction Tuesday.

Opening bids for the property on Savannah Road in Lewes started at $230,000. None of the roughly two dozen people in attendance raised their hands.

The house was one of roughly 50 properties auctioned as part of foreclosure sales. Records show Bradley owes U.S. Bank more than $560,000.

"I would think anyone in this area would maybe shy away from buying that piece of property," said deputy sheriff Tina Timmons. "We really don't know."

Bradley is serving 14 life sentences for sexually abusing young patients at his former medical office.

Timmons said the sheriff's office received about a dozen calls - mostly from out-of-state numbers with people likely unfamiliar with Bradley - inquiring about the house. With no bidders, the property reverts back to the bank. An attorney for the bank did not answer questions after the auction.

Per standard procedure, potential bidders were not allowed to view the inside of the property beforehand.

"Personally, I wouldn't buy a house without going inside and taking a look," said Steve Sumption, realtor with Jack Lingo in Lewes.

Sumption called the opening bid price "fair," but expressed skepticism given he has not seen the inside of the property. If repairs are needed, the realtor said the final price tag could reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A neighboring property along Savannah Road recently sold for $793,000, Sumption said.

Despite Bradley's past, Sumption predicted the former doctor's home would sell when listed by the bank.

"It'll go for a reasonable price and someone with an interest in the history and Lewes - it'll be a great buy," Sumption said.

The deal for the bank to officially take possession of the property is expected to be finalized by June 22, Timmons said. It is unclear when or where the bank might list the property.

The Delaware Supreme Court is expected to hear an appeal from Bradley in June.

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