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Paedophile doctor jailed for abusing young cancer patients

Published December 1, 2014 by JS2

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Children’s doctor Myles Bradbury is jailed for 22 years after admitting to the abuse of 18 boys in his care and taking thousands of pictures of gravely ill children on his spy pen.

The judge described the abuse committed by Bradbury as “one of the worst forms of sexual abuse imaginable”.

Cambridge crown court heard the 41-year-old carried out medical examinations on boys “purely for his own sexual gratification”.

All of the victims suffered from leukaemia, haemophilia or other serious conditions. Some have since died.

One of the worst forms of sexual abuse imaginable Judge Gareth Hawkesworth

He abused some boys behind a curtain while their parents were in the room.

The 41-year-old, from Herringswell, Suffolk, worked as a paediatric consultant haematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

‘Gravely ill’ boys

He pleaded guilty to 25 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images, against boys aged between 10 and 16.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said Bradbury’s sentence would be reduced because of his early guilty plea.

But the judge said “some might observe” that the overwhelming evidence against him meant he had little choice but to admit the offences.

Something has gone very badly wrong in this man’s life and thought processesDefending counsel Angela Rafferty

He described Bradbury as “manipulative”, adding: “For a doctor to attack children in this way is one of the worst forms of sexual abuse imaginable.”

“These boys were all vulnerable and gravely ill,” the judge said.

“In all my years on the bench, I have never come across such a grotesque betrayal of your Hippocratic oath.

“There are almost too many aggravating factors to list in your prolonged carefully, planned and cruel abuse.

“It is implicit in what you did for your own sexual gratification that you were targeting the most vulnerable, sick children.”

The judge said he had no doubt Bradbury had caused “serious psychological” harm to his victims and there was a risk he would do so in future – but he said the doctor’s recognition of his deviancy meant the risk could be managed.

The offences took place over four and a half years, the first within six months of him taking up his post in 2008. They continued to the day he was suspended when the first concerns were raised.

Spy pen

Police found 170,425 images of partially clothed boys on this pen but none of these was classed as indecent.

Prosecutor John Farmer said Bradbury was first arrested in December 2013 after police were alerted by Canadian authorities that he may have bought a DVD containing indecent images of children as part of Operation Spade.

Cambridgeshire Police were already investigating Mr Bradbury after concerns were raised about his conduct. But questions have been raised about why it took so long for Bradbury to be arrested, 16 months after concerns had been raised with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

What he did was unforgivableDefending counsel Angela Rafferty

The court heard Mr Bradbury was also involved in church and Scout groups, and was described as “a man of great charm and persuasiveness” whom everybody trusted.

When one victim raised concerns with his mother, she responded: “He’s a doctor, it must be necessary.”

In mitigation, defending counsel Angela Rafferty said Mr Bradbury’s guilty pleas had spared his victims the ordeal of giving evidence in court.

She added: “Clearly on a human level something has gone very badly wrong in this man’s life and thought processes.”

She said Bradbury seemed to have repressed homosexual feelings during puberty and this influenced his behaviour.

Ms Rafferty added that he accepted what he did was “repugnant”.

She said: “He knows he will not get any understanding or forgiveness because what he did was unforgivable.”

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Dr Myles Bradbury: Why was paedophile doctor not stopped?

Published November 10, 2014 by JS2

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For his patients and their parents he was a “God-like” figure. In reality, hospital doctor Myles Bradbury was a paedophile who filmed his abuse. How did he get away with it for so long and why wasn’t he caught sooner?

In July 2012, the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) – which is meant to protect against child abuse – received a list of 2,235 names.

It was sent by police in Canada following a raid on the headquarters of Avoz Films, a website selling what it referred to as “just legal” and “naturist” films.

Myles Bradbury, a paediatric consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, was on that list because he had bought a film from them while working in Birmingham in 2005.

CEOP – which Toronto Police say were once leaders in the field – took no action for 16 months.

Action against Bradbury – who went on to admit 25 sex offences against patients and making thousands of indecent images of children from the internet – only started when the Canadians announced they were going public about their investigation, named Project Spade.

That no action was taken in the UK for more than a year has stunned police in Toronto. This, despite repeated calls from Toronto to London last November to find out what was happening.

Det Sgt Kim Gross, who is in charge of the child exploitation team in Toronto, claims CEOP – which now comes under the National Crime Agency (NCA) – “dropped the ball”.

“If I had failed that badly I would walk away from the work and have someone replace me,” she told BBC Inside Out East.

Det Sgt Gross says the checklist is simple.

“Number one – we will look to see if they have access to children.

“Then their occupation. Do they have access to other children? Are they parents? Are they involved in organisations that service children?”

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Bradbury days before his arrest last November (left), his police mug shot in December 2013 (centre) and arriving at Cambridge Crown Court charged with child sex offences in September this year

Such simple checks would have revealed the 41-year-old was not only a doctor but a doctor who treated children with cancer.

Yet between July 2012 and November last year, Bradbury – who will be sentenced next month – was free to carry on abusing cancer patients – sometimes while their parents sat in ignorance on the other side of a hospital curtain.

The NCA has declined the BBC’s requests for an interview on the case.

On the same day that Suffolk Police were finally informed, via West Midlands Police, about Bradbury, Addenbrooke’s Hospital suspended the doctor following a family complaint about an intimate examination of a child.

Bradbury’s wife was pregnant at the time.

Suffolk Police’s investigation into Bradbury, who lived in Herringswell, Suffolk, revealed the devious steps he had taken to cover his tracks.

The pen used by Myles Bradbury
The pen used by Bradbury also had a small camera just above the clip and could be plugged into a computer to download the footage

The truth which unfolded was a far cry from the doctor in whom hundreds of families had placed their trust.

“I have heard some parents describe him as a God-like figure,” said Det Supt Gary Ridgway, of Cambridgeshire police.

A victim’s account of an examination by Dr Bradbury

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“He would ask to get me in the room on my own, and say I’m old enough to go in a room on my own.

“And then he’d want to check me

“Instead of checking just my joints, he’d want to check my whole body.

“He’d make me strip down

“He focussed on my private parts.”

“But what the police service teaches you is that you can’t allow your own assumptions or stereotypes to get in the way of the facts,” he said.

“And very quickly, within a few days, we had a number of young people describing events to us that were clearly criminal and needed some quick action.”

Bradbury would fix appointments when his colleagues were not around.

One of Bradbury’s primary tools of abuse was a pen.

But it was no ordinary writing implement. This one contained a hidden video camera which Dr Bradbury used to film young patients during unnecessary intimate examinations.

One father has told the BBC he remembered Dr Bradbury using a similar looking pen when examining his young son.

Two spy pens were found when police searched his home.

“And I soon became very suspicious that things weren’t right,” said Det Sgt John Ling, of Suffolk police.

The scene at Thetford tipA needle in a haystack – Suffolk Police trawled through rubbish to find Bradbury’s laptop computer

A computer disc was found in an annexe at the back of the garden and when police asked about a laptop, Bradbury’s wife said it had been thrown away two weeks previously. Its disposal coincided with his suspension from Addenbrooke’s.

Undeterred, police went first to the tip at Mildenhall and then, after learning that waste had since been taken to Thetford in Norfolk, they went there to search.

It was, says Det Sgt Ling, like hunting a “needle in a haystack.

But sifting through the rubbish from an emptied container on a cold December morning, the officers found that snakeskin-covered laptop computer.

“Unfortunately,” said Det Sgt Ling, “the hard drive had been removed from the laptop.”

It has never been found.

The disc in the annexe was found to contain more than 16,000 images of abuse which included the most serious classification of sexual abuse against children.

A disc found in a garden annexe contained some of the most serious examples of sex abuse against children, police sayA disc found in a garden annexe contained some of the most serious examples of sex abuse against children, police say

One of the two pens found did not work. The other, says Det Sgt Ling, contained “an examination of a young boy”.

But herein lies the biggest question – how many boys were secretly filmed by Bradbury?

That question troubles Det Sgt Ling, because every film made using the spy pen would have had to have been transferred to a computer to view it. So what was on that missing hard drive?

Bradbury, who portrayed himself as a devout Christian, has offered no clues. He gave “no comment” responses throughout his police interviews.

“I don’t know how many examinations he’s done,” says Det Sgt Ling. “So I don’t know how many possible cases there are of live abuse by him.

“So how many movies of examinations were on that hard drive we’ll never know.”

A report by Sally Chidzoy and Julian Sturdy will be shown on Inside Out East on 10 November on BBC One at 19:30 GMT and on iPlayer afterwards.

Children’s doctor admits sexual abuse of cancer sufferers aged as young as 11

Published September 15, 2014 by JS2

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A children’s doctor has admitted a string of sexual offences against cancer sufferers in his care aged as young as 11.

Dr Myles Bradbury pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault and 13 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The 41-year-old paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court today.

Wearing a dark suit and blue tie, Bradbury also pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism and two counts of making indecent images of a child

The offences involved 18 complainants which date back to 2009, prosecutor John Farmer said.

Bradbury was bailed and told he would have to sign the sex offenders register.

He pleaded not guilty to a count of sexual activity with a child and a count of sexual assault.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said the two offences will probably remain on file.

A sentencing date was not given but the judge said Bradbury could expect a “substantial” custodial sentence.

As he left court, Bradbury told reporters: “I’m so sorry.” He refused to answer further questions.

 

 

Catherine Wylie