Dr. Earl Bradley, pediatrician, who has been dubbed the “monster pedophile”, is in the news again. His trial has been assigned to New Castle County Superior Court Judge William Carpenter, Jr. Bradley’s well-known building with its over-abundance of decorations was not only burglarized recently, but was also recently in the news regarding a planned public auction of some of the “toys” and games”. On April 6, a New Castle County judge approved a class action status. This move will allow victims to combine dozens of civil lawsuits. Judge Carpenter stated that prosecutors may use video files allegedly showing Bradley raping several young girls. Although this evidence may be necessary in court, it may re-open wounds for families who have been trying to heal. Even more alarming may be how close the video evidence was to being thrown out.
Carpenter’s ruling paves the way for prosecutors to present the damning video evidence in court against Bradley, whose trial is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2011. Bradley has been charged with raping or sexually abusing more than 103 girls he treated over a 10-year period. Held without bail since his Dec. 2009 arrest, the doctor, who treated thousands of children in Sussex County, faces life in prison if convicted.
Citing those videos, detectives have written that Bradley, 57, forced girls as young as 3 months old to engage in intercourse and oral sex. Police have alleged that some of the children appeared to lose consciousness or stop breathing during Bradley’s attacks.