Dr. Earl Bradley, a pediatrician who runs BayBees Pediatrics in Lewes, Delaware, has been arrested and charged with 33 felony counts including at least eight counts of first-degree rape. Other charges may be forthcoming, and one prosecutor said there could be as many as 100 victims. The abuse appears to have gone on for years, with victims as young as a few months old.
The doctor apparently separated the children from their parents and molested them in separate rooms filled with toys and candy. There was also video equipment, and the footage is in police hands. Videos show Bradley performing sexual acts on children and asking them to perform sexual acts on him.
Parents and children were only separated for a few minutes but that’s all it took for the abuse to take place.
The degree of planning was significant, and may suggest that the entire practice was established by an experienced molester, with abuse in mind. Dr. Michael Welner, forensic psychiatrist, said to ABC News that, “If you look at the office, he created a Neverland of pediatrics.”
ABC News is reporting that court documents show the case came to light when a two-year-old girl complained to her mother that the doctor had touched her inappropriately.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, told ABC News that “this is a very, very troubling case, and we here in the state of Delaware are pursuing it aggressively to the fullest extent of the law.”
The thought that someone could hurt our children is a parents’ worst nightmare. Abuse from a caretaker in a trusted profession is even more shocking because it makes us feel that no place is safe.