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Pediatrician Indicted on 471 Counts of Sex Abuse

Videotapes show Earl Bradley abusing 103 victims
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2010 6:00 AM CST
Pediatrician Indicted on 471 Counts of Sex Abuse
Dr. Earl Bradley's mug shot. A grand jury has indicted the pediatrician on 471 counts relating to child sex abuse.   (AP Photo/Delaware State Police, File)

(Newser) – Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley has been indicted on 471 counts of sexual crimes against 103 children. The indictment is based on video and digital evidence showing all of the victims, all but one of whom were girls, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said. "These were crimes committed against the most vulnerable among us—those without voices," a tearful Biden said before pausing to collect himself.

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The charges against Bradley, 53, include rape, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact, continuous sexual abuse of a child, assault, and reckless endangering, the AP reports. Yet more charges in one of the worst sexual abuse cases in American history are expected to surface in the coming months. Bradley's lawyer says he plans to base his client's defense on mental health. "It's kind of hard to argue with videotapes," he said.
(Read more Earl Bradley stories.)

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