More than 100 could be victims of paediatrician

More than 100 could be victims of paediatrician

Detectives escort Dr Earl B Bradley in Georgetown, Delaware, on Friday. AP

The volume of evidence seized from Dr Earl Bradley’s practice and home, including video tapes and computer files, makes it difficult to estimate the number of victims, said Alexis Slutsky, a deputy attorney general assigned to the state’s Child Predator Task Force.

“I’m comfortable in saying probably well over 100 potential victims,” she said at a news conference with Attorney General Beau Biden and other law enforcement officials.

Bradley, 56, was arrested last week and is being held in prison on $2.9 million bond. He has been charged with 33 felony counts relating to seven victims. A preliminary hearing on Wednesday was postponed until January 14. His attorney, Eugene Maurer, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Stacy Cohee, a deputy attorney general, said Bradley was not brought to the courthouse for Wednesday’s hearing because corrections officials are “concerned about his mental state right now,” adding that there were concerns he is suicidal.

The case has shocked the close-knit community of Lewes, a town of about 3,100 on the Delaware coast. The case is even more chilling because some alleged victims are no more than 6 months old.

“It’s horrific,” said Wallace Hudson, Vice President of Beebe Medical Centre, just blocks from Bradley’s home. Bradley had privileges at the hospital which were immediately suspended when he was arrested. Pennsylvania’s state board of medicine also announced an immediate temporary suspension of Bradley’s license there. The police say Bradley used video cameras to record some of the attacks.

An 18-page document detailed the alleged attacks in exam rooms, which had Disney themes such as Pinocchio, at BayBees Pediatrics, Bradley’s solo practice. A detective who viewed the assaults described in court papers the 6-foot, 225-pound Bradley as having a “violently enraged expression on his face” in one video involving a 2-year-old.

“As of this moment, we have not identified all of the victims in this case, and the investigation is ongoing in an aggressive fashion,” Biden said.

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