Ex-pediatrician’s appeal of child sex abuse convictions denied

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Earl Bradley

WILMINGTON — Citing a lack of new evidence, among other points, a judge denied a former pediatrician’s bid for postconviction relief after he was found guilty in 2011 of sexually abusing scores of children in his care at his Sussex County medical practice.

Thus, Earl Bradley will continue to serve 14 life sentences and 164 years in a Connecticut prison for his crime.

Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. issued his 11-page order on Thursday, dismissing Bradley’s second attempt to revisit his case since 2013. The latest appeal was filed on April 24.

The Court maintained Bradley received a fair bench trial and competent legal counsel prior to conviction, and no change in constitutional law since then has validated the right to a review.

Closing the opinion, Judge Carpenter wrote that “Bradley has never denied his criminal actions, which he filmed himself and documented, nor has Bradley stated any remorse for the devastating harm he inflicted upon young and helpless victims.

“Instead, Bradley relentlessly attempts to blame others for his present situation, claiming he was wronged either by the Court, the police, or his counsel. The truth is that Bradley has been fairly treated at all stages of this litigation and he alone is responsible for his incarceration.”

On June 23, 2011, Bradley was found guilty of 14 counts of first-degree rape and five counts each of second-degree assault and sexual exploitation of a child.

Bradley operated his Baybee Pediatrics practice near Lewes before his arrest in December 2009 connected to allegations regarding his behavior with a 2-year-old girl. Further investigation led to the discovery of more child victims under his care, the Delaware State Police said. He was indicted in February 2010.

In his second motion for relief, Bradley listed 24 claims for the Court to consider.

Originally incarcerated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, Bradley was transferred to a Connecticut prison last year.

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