Dover — The Attorney General’s Office is asking the state Supreme Court to affirm the guilty verdict against Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley, saying the Delaware State Police properly executed the search warrant for Bradley’s BayBees Pediatrics office.
In its opening brief, Bradley’s defense team, Robert Goff and Nicole Walker of the Public Defender’s Office, claimed the state police overstepped the bounds of their search warrant to search Bradley’s offices on Dec. 16, 2009.
In particular, Bradley’s attorneys said video files taken from Bradley’s computers showing Bradley sexually assaulting child patients were obtained through an illegal search of the black-and-white, checkerboard outbuilding where he kept an office.
The state, represented by Chief of Appeals Paul Wallace and deputy attorney general Elizabeth McFarlan, said in its answering brief, “The Delaware State Police properly applied for a search warrant seeking evidence to support the allegations of several children and their parents that Bradley was sexually abusing his patients in the midst of his pediatric medical practice.”
While the warrant could have had more explanation of the evidence sought - patient files for eight children suspected to have been abused by Bradley - there were enough facts to support that Bradley had committed a crime.
The video evidence found in the checkerboard outbuilding was gathered legally, since that building was included in the warrant, the brief said. Once they saw evidence of Bradley sexually assaulting patients, the brief continued, police detectives acted properly in obtaining a new search warrant searching for evidence of child exploitation.
Regarding the checkerboard building, the brief said this is where most of Bradley’s most horrific assaults took place.
In some incidents, to get the child to the checkerboard building, Bradley prescribed a three-shot regimen of Rocephin - a drug used to treat bacterial infections such as gonorrhea and meningitis - to toddlers. The shots were given over three consecutive days. Bradley would tell parents the shots were painful, but sugar would reduce the pain, the brief said.
From there, Bradley would take the child to the checkerboard building under the guise of giving him or her a popsicle.
“Once Bradley had the toddler separated from her parents and isolated in a separate building, he would brutally assault her,” the brief said.
Many of these abuses were violent assaults; all told, police recovered 89 video recordings from the checkerboard building showing Bradley sexually assaulting 86 children, the brief said.
Before trial, Bradley’s defense team tried to get the video evidence suppressed; however, Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter ruled the evidence was admissible. Read more