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Lewes Church Seeks Permission to Demolish Former Home of Earl Bradley

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Former pediatrician Earl Bradley lived inside of this home at 344 Savannah Road in Lewes (Source: WBOC) Former pediatrician Earl Bradley lived inside of this home at 344 Savannah Road in Lewes (Source: WBOC)
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LEWES, Del.- Joe Pruskiewicz lives just a few homes away from 344 Savannah Road in Lewes, the former home of serial child pedophile Earl Bradley. He said that it could only be described in one way. 

"It's an edifice for evil," he said. "I get nauseated as I pass it." 

Pruskiewicz is far from alone in this feeling, as many in the community have called it a stain on an otherwise pleasant town. For that reason, Bethel United Methodist Church, the owners of the property, are seeking approval to demolish the property at Tuesday night's meeting of the Lewes Historic Preservation Commission.

Church leaders said that they received the church in 2014 through an anonymous donation, and have been looking for an adequate use ever since. Rev. Earle Baker said that the church initially wanted to re-brand and re-model the home as a "hope house," but had trouble finding buyers. 

"This one property has a stain on it," he said. "That won't go away." 

Bradley, a former pediatrician, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of raping 103 child patients. Some of the children were as young as 3-months-old. Police discovered videos, created by Bradley, capturing his horrific actions.  

Chairperson for the commission, Elaine Simmerman said that the Tuesday night meeting is just the beginning of the process. After answering questions at this meeting, the commission will set a public hearing date, which she said would likely be in April. Simmerman said that the commission is mandated to follow the strict regulations, which are substantial in the historic district. 

"We will consider everything," she said. "But it is going to be a hard sell." 

Some neighbors said the home should be demolished. 

"It does the community no good..." said Olga Delesky of Lewes. "Considering what it brings to mind, I think the building can go."

Baker said that the home has been vandalized, and damaged by general decay, including mold and asbestos. He said this is yet another reason to demolish the building. 

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