Bradley arraignment expected in four to six weeks

The indictment of former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley might be described as novel-like in its length and scope.

The more-than-160-page indictment lists 103 child victims – including one boy – and 471 total counts, as well as a pattern of continuous abuse over 11 years. Most charges are for first-degree rape, second-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a child.

Bradley faces mandatory life imprisonment if convicted on the rape charges.

Other charges include four counts of reckless endangerment, four counts of second-degree assault and nine counts of continuous sexual abuse.

Continuous sexual abuse occurs when a person sexually abuses a child on three or more occasions over three or more months. Kerry Angell, spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said according to state statute, just one count of continuous sexual abuse can garner two to 25 years in prison, with the first two years mandatory.

The charges were based on 13 hours of video files, computer hard drives and digital media files seized from Bradley’s home and BayBees Pediatrics office on Route 1 in Lewes.

The earliest case of abuse listed in the indictment is alleged to have taken place on or around Dec. 10, 1998, with the most recent case Dec. 13, 2009. Bradley was arrested Dec. 16, 2009.

Forty-four counts alone are listed for a single Jane Doe, who was raped several times over a period of more than 13 months.

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1 comment:

Lee said...

i can't understand why this took so long - people suspected this dirtbag years ago ~~~~~

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