Following the conviction and lifetime prison sentence of child rapist Earl Bradley, and after defending that conviction on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, Attorney General Beau Biden announced today that he has decided to spare the victims who are represented by the remaining indictment against the former Lewes pediatrician by ending that case before it goes to trial.
"Our prosecution of this case has been guided by two goals – first, to make certain that Earl Bradley spends the rest of his life in prison, and second, to ensure that no victim be required to face him again and have to testify in court about the unspeakable crimes he committed against them," Biden said. "With his conviction and the Supreme Court's decision this past September upholding his conviction and sentence of 14 life terms plus 164 years in prison we have ensured that he will never walk out of prison or be in a position to ever harm another child."
Unlike the first trial against Bradley, which was based on an indictment secured from video evidence of his crimes, the remaining second indictment was based on disclosures that victims made to authorities during interviews at the state's Child Advocacy Center, said Jason Miller, public information officer for the Delaware Department of Justice. As a result, a trial on these charges would require the young victims and their parents to take the stand and testify publicly, in the presence of Earl Bradley himself, about their abuse.
"We cannot expect or demand that they relive their pain and be victimized all over again," Biden continued.
"Because Bradley has already received the maximum punishment available under the law – multiple life sentences without the possibility of probation – we have decided that ending the remaining case by withdrawing the indictment is in the best interest of the victims and their families," said Biden, who met with the victim families last week to discuss the case and his decision.
"While this ends the criminal prosecution of the case, our commitment to the victims and their families does not end," Biden said. "My office will ensure that the victims and their families have the support and services they need for as long as they need them."