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Delaware Pediatrician Found Guilty of Child Abuse and Rape of Patients

By James Bailey, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A Delaware pediatrician was found guilty of child abuse and rape of his patients. Earl Bradley, 58, was accused of raping and assaulting more than 100 girls that he treated. He was convicted of 24 counts of rape, assault and sexual exploitation in Sussex Superior Court.

The verdict did not come as a surprise. The evidence of the alleged acts included videos that Bradley recorded of himself. His lawyers are expected to appeal an earlier ruling from Judge William Carpenter Jr. that the videos were admissible. According to a state police detective who viewed the videos and testified at trial, Bradley engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with young girls. Police also testified that the videos showed children in diapers trying to escape in an outbuilding at Bradley’s office, and Bradley using nitrous oxide to sedate a 7-year-old girl during his attack. Bradley faces life in prison for each count and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 26, 2011.

It may be difficult for a parent to discern if there has been child abuse between their child and physician. Looking for the following warning signs can help a parent increase their awareness and detect instances of child abuse.

– If the doctor tries to be completely alone with your child during the visit.
– If your child complains about the doctor inappropriately touching them.
– If you notice a change in your child’s behavior when you take them to the doctor.
– If you notice odd bruising around your child’s body shortly after the visit.

For more information, see Deleware ex-pediatrician guilty of child sex abuse.