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Earl Bradley Civil Suits Mounting


~Earl Bradley

5 attorneys have filed approximately forty civil suits against Earl Bradley and more are expected. Bradley has been charged with more than 400 counts of rape and abuse involving 103 children.

Also named in most suits are Beebe Medical Center, the Delaware Medical Society, and doctors Lowell Scott, James Marvel, and Carol Tavani.

Most of the suits allege that the doctors, medical society, and Beebe failed to report Bradley although they had knowledge or information regarding Bradley’s sexual abuse of the young patients.  One of the suits also charges that had Beebe Medical Center not referred a child to Bradley, that child would never have become a victim of abuse.

What is truly disturbing and the reason the physicians are named in the suits is that Bradley’s own sister reported his behavior five years ago to Dr. Tavani.  Doctors Scott and Marvel also spoke with Bradley’s sister.  Legally, all three doctors had an obligation to report.

“She was very concerned about Dr. Bradley’s own instability. It’s a brother she loved and was concerned about. She could see the deterioration in his emotional and mental state. Tragically, nothing was done. The board was never contacted by the state medical society. As a result, if they had been contacted, all these children who were molested and abused after that could have been spared.”

Attorney General Biden had Bradley’s assets frozen in January.  It is expected that any damages or settlements will be paid from that as well as medical malpractice insurance.

With the number of suits involved, unless a settlement is reached, litigation will be a very lengthy process as each has requested a jury trial.

Unfortunately for the victims its too late, the damage is done.  The biggest abuse here is failure – failure by the medical society and the doctors for ‘protecting their own’ and not reporting to the state medical board and failure by Bradley’s sister to pursue the matter more aggressively if she was that concerned by her bother’s behavior.

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  1. 04/17/2010 at 4:27 pm

    This just makes me want to throw up. This will be a hard trial to follow….if it makes it to trial.

  2. donchais
    04/17/2010 at 4:48 pm

    Yup! Sorry, this may be one I choose not to follow!

  3. Stuart
    04/19/2010 at 10:17 am

    The New York Times is reporting today that a hospital cleared Bradley of sex abuse charges back in the 1990s. Lawsuits, here we come!!

  4. Stuart
    04/19/2010 at 10:17 am

    I forgot to post the link to the Times story.


  5. donchais
    04/19/2010 at 10:31 am

    The fallout from this is going to be enormous, but I can’t say I’m surprised that they ‘circled-the-wagons’ to protect one of their own. Very common in the medical field.

  6. ritanita
    04/19/2010 at 11:36 am


    This case just makes me furious at those medical buddies who didn’t care enough about children to turn this sicko in.

    I’m glad they’re being sued as well. May they all die penniless with tin cups in their hands as they beg for change on the street.

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