Tuesday, February 23, 2010
~Bradley under arrest
In what may be the most depraved and heinous case of child abuse in this country, a Delaware Grand Jury has handed down a 471 count indictment against pediatrician, Earl Bradley. The indictment charges Bradley in the rapes of one boy and 102 little girls.
When arrested in December 2009, it was believed that Bradley had raped nine children. After an intense investigation the indictment shows a tenfold increase in the number of young victims - and there may well be many more.
The original 2008 Delaware investigation into Bradley's conduct began after a 2-year-old girl told her mother that Bradley had touched her genitals and 'hurt her' during an appointment.
Besides Delaware, Bradley is also licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. No charges have been filed against Bradley in those states, however state authorities were notified by Delaware officials.
Eleven years ago when Bradley opened his solo pediatric practice, several of the various rooms were decorated in Disney themes and they were filled with toys and candy - a perfect way to get the children to trust you.
"If you look at the office, he created a Neverland of pediatrics," forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner said. "By the time we get to 56-years-old, he worked out the kinks...how to take advantage of them and keep taking advantage of them."
Apparently, Bradley was only alone with a child for a minute -- and that's all it took, according to investigators. Bradley videotaped many of the assaults and authorities confiscated hundreds of tapes from his home and office.
According to documents, the examination room known as the Pinocchio Room because of its decorations, was seen frequently on the videotapes obtained by authorities that reportedly show Bradley undressing his patients -- one as young as 3-months-old -- and performing sex acts on them.
Horrifically, Bradley has been charged with holding toddlers upside down and yelling at them while committing sex acts. In one tape he is seen penetrating a girl's vagina with his hand -- the girl had been in for a sore throat.
In another room decked out with "The Little Mermaid" paraphernalia, equally horrific abuse allegedly occurred at the hands of Bradley, who investigators said was seen on the tapes muzzling screaming children as they tried to flee the abuse.
Described as a large 6-foot, 225-pound man, Bradley allegedly had a "violently enraged expression on his face" as he yelled to a 2-year-old to perform sexual acts on him.
That particular video was made on December 13, three days prior to his arrest and is described by an investigator as, "one of the most violent and brutal attacks on a child of any age" that he had ever seen.
Gene Maurer, Bradley's attorney, said he expected the sweeping indictment and anticipates more victims will come forward.
"I'm not surprised by the volume," Maurer said, "but 103 victims seems a little like overkill. One conviction carries life in prison. You don't need 103 of them."
I have to say my jaw dropped at that statement and it really ticked me off. Mr. Maurer, do you get it there are a minimum of 103 innocent toddlers and babies that are victims of this monster? Its not overkill - all the children and their families deserve to see justice done!!!Maurer has let it be known that he will attempt to have the trial moved out of Sussex due to publicity and the defense will be concentrating on Bradley's mental state.
"We are working on getting someone in to see him who is most knowledgeable about this type of thing, "Maurer said. "I don't know of anybody locally, so we are taking our time to find the right person to see him. This is unprecedented."
Complaints and rumors have been swirling around Bradley's inappropriate behavior for over a decade. Many of his medical colleagues were aware of allegations Bradley was kissing and touching his patients, but they never reported it. In 2005, Bradley closed an office after police investigated him.
Bradley's own sister, who worked for him, heard parents' concerns!!!
How were parents so trusting they allowed their child to be removed to another room by Bradley?
What happened to 'duty to report'?
How did the Delaware medical board issue a license to Bradley?
There were so many opportunities, people, and facilities that could have stopped Bradley before he inflicted so much trauma and damage to so many innocent, defenseless children.
Regardless of his 'mental state', this person should never walk free amongst civilized people.
NY Daily News