Delaware pediatrician found guilty of raping child patients

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 4:49 PM
Delaware pediatrician found guilty of raping child patients

GEORGETOWN, Del (Reuters) - A Delaware pediatrician was found guilty on all counts on Thursday of raping and sexually assaulting his patients, typically as young as 3-years-old.

Judge William Carpenter found Dr. Earl Bradley, of Lewes, Delaware, guilty of 24 counts of rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation in the non-jury trial in Sussex County, Delaware Superior Court.

Bradley was accused of attacks on dozens of his patients, all but one of them girls, between 1998 and 2009, and several of the criminal counts encompassed multiple attacks.

The doctor made 86 videotapes of the attacks, using tiny hidden cameras, according to testimony by state police who investigated the case.

Police who testified in the one-day trial said Bradley preferred nonverbal toddlers as his victims and that their average age was just over 3-years-old.

Prosecutors presented the testimony of just two police officers in the June 7 trial, and the defense did not present any case.

The doctor faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

(Reporting by Dave Warner; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)