Delaware Pediatrician Gets 14 Life Sentences For Sexually Abusing Patients

Former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley, 58, was sentenced by Judge William Carpenter Jr. to 14 life sentences without parole for 14 counts of first-degree rape as well as more than 160 years in prison for multiple counts of assault and sexual exploitation of a child.

Under Delaware state law, any person convicted of rape against three or more separate victims must receive a mandatory life sentence.

“You will never be in a position to harm a child again,” Carpenter told Bradley.

“Earl Bradley committed unspeakable acts upon those who could not speak for themselves,” said prosecutor Paula Ryan. “…. To make indescribable and horrific matters even worse, he videotaped these incidents for his own perverse pleasure, endlessly editing and copying, permanently memorializing his attacks on these children for his own twisted collection.”

Public defender Dean Johnson did not address the court, and Bradley also chose not to speak.

Bradley had escaped prosecution from two previous police investigations from complaints of patients, but finally was arrested in December 2009 after a 2-year-old girl complained to her parents that the doctor had hurt her after several office visits.

Acting upon the 2009 complaint, authorities searched Bradley’s office complex, seizing  dozens of homemade videos from an outbuilding where he had lured patients with promises of treats and toys.

Bradley’s public defenders contend that the videos were improperly seized by authorities who acted outside of the scope of their search warrant, and therefore presented no defense at trial, opting for a quick verdict so that they could immediately appeal the judge’s decision to allow the videos as evidence.

Upon the judge’s allowing the video tapes into evidence, Bradley waived his right to a jury trial.  Prosecutors presented testimony of two law enforcement investigators and showed Carpenter more than 13 hours of video showing sexual assault against more than 80 victims, most of whom were toddlers.

According to testimony, state police detective Scott Garland described the rapes caught on video as brutal and violent. He explained how some videos showed Bradley with his hands wrapped tightly around the heads of young children, violently forcing them to perform oral sex on him. When Bradley was finished with such assaults, he would lift up the young victims by the head and throw them several feet onto a couch in the rear of the building where investigators found the damning videos, Garland testified. Bradley sometimes would perform “rescue breathing” and chest rubs to revive the semiconscious victims, the detective added.