Update: Suspected pedophile doc could have 100+ victims
GEORGETOWN, Del. - December 23, 2009 (WPVI) -- A Delaware official says there could be more than 100 potential victims of a pediatrician charged with sexually abusing patients.
According to an Associated Press report, Alexis Slutsky, a deputy attorney general assigned to the state's Child Predator Task Force, told reporters Wednesday it was impossible now to estimate how many children may have been abused. But she said she was comfortable saying there are "probably well over 100 potential victims," based on evidence seized from Dr. Earl Bradley's home and practice in Lewes.
Slutsky says the number covers 1998 to the present.
Bradley, who was arrested last week, has been charged with 33 felony counts relating to seven victims. The counts include 8 counts of Rape 1st Degree, 4 counts of Rape 2nd Degree, 14 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
His preliminary hearing on Wednesday was postponed until Jan. 14. Bradley remains held on nearly $3 million bail.
Eugene Maurer, Bradley's attorney, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The Delaware Department of Justice, Delaware State Police, and other agencies are coordinating specialized services for victims and their families through its Victim Services units. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden wants all concerned parents and caretakers to contact the Delaware State Police 24-hour Victim Services Hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461) or send an e-mail to a specially-arranged Delaware State Police address - email@example.com. Callers will speak with a live individual qualified to provide important information and make counseling referrals. They may also be directed to financial assistance provided for counseling and other services through state programs, including the Delaware Victims' Compensation Assistance Program.
Individuals that have information to provide in this case, including suspicious activity, are urged to call Delaware State Police detectives at (302) 856-5850, ext. 216. Parents of patients or former patients of Dr. Bradley, regardless of the age of the child, are asked to come forward.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report
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