Pediatrician in Delaware Charged With Multiple Rapes
February 24, 2010
A Delaware pediatrician has been charged with multiple acts of child rape and abuse over the course of more than a decade in what may be the worst pedophilia case in US history.
A grand jury indictment unsealed on Monday by Delaware’s Attorney General’s office charges Earl Bradley with sexually assaulting and molesting 102 girls and one boy in the years since 1998.
He faces 471 separate counts, reflecting the multiple times he is alleged to have raped and abused children who visited him as patients at his Baybees pediatric office in Lewes, Delaware.
The charges include first-degree and second-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact, sexual exploitation of a child and continuing sexual abuse of a child.
The indictment cites videos Bradley made of the various abusive incidents, which were seized from his office after investigators began looking into reports of child abuse last year.
In unsealing the indictment, Delaware’s Attorney General Beau Biden said the investigation was continuing and he expected more cases to be uncovered.
He described the case as “unique” in the state’s history, local newspaper The News Journal reported. “I know of no other that has this many victims” in US history, he added.
The case has traumatized the local community and Biden’s office has already moved to strip the outside signage from Bradley’s practice.
“The community should not be faced with the visual reminder of their pain as they go about their daily lives,” Biden said in a statement.
“We hope that removing these outward displays promoting Dr Bradley’s practice… is a small step in helping the Lewes community begin the healing process.”
Biden’s office has faced questions over why reports about Bradley in 2005 were not passed along to the state’s professional regulation official or the Board of Medical Practice.
He has ordered an investigation into whether mistakes were made that allowed Bradley to continue practicing after parent complaints.
Bradley, meanwhile, remains in jail on bail set at 2.5 million dollars. A court date has not yet been set.