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Pediatrician ordered to spend life in prison for molesting patients

By the CNN Wire Staff
Earl Bradley received the maximum sentence of 14 life terms, plus 164 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Earl Bradley received the maximum sentence of 14 life terms, plus 164 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pediatrician was accused of sexually assaulting 103 of his patients
  • A judge orders Earl Bradley to spend the rest of his life behind bars
  • Authorities testified against him during a bench trial in June
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(CNN) -- A Delaware pediatrician accused of molesting more than 100 of his patients was sentenced Friday to serve his lifetime in prison.

Earl Bradley, whose practice was in Lewes, was given the maximum sentence of 14 life terms, plus 164 years in prison without the possibility of parole, according to a statement from the office of state Attorney General Beau Biden.

He originally had faced 529 counts of rape, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact and other charges. In June, he was found guilty of 24 counts.

The charges include first-degree rape, forcing girls to perform oral sex on him and filming dozens of children engaging in sex acts.

Police officers and detectives, but none of the alleged victims, testified in June at a bench trial, which is held before a judge without a jury. Bradley's attorneys did not call any witnesses, nor did they make closing arguments.

The evidence against Bradley is based on video seized from his home and office, Biden has said. Public defenders in April challenged the scope of a search warrant used to acquire these tapes, but the judge ruled against them.

According to the indictment, the abuse occurred between 1998 and 2009. All but one of the 103 victims were girls, some as young as 2 years old. Police arrested Bradley in December 2009.

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