U.K. Doctor Pleads Guilty To Over A Dozen Child Sexual Abuse Charges

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A doctor pleaded guilty today to six counts of sexual assault and 13 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child. The offender, Dr. Myles Bradbury, also pleaded guilty to one charge of voyeurism and one charge of making indecent images of a child.

The complaints against Bradbury date back to 2009 and involve cancer patients as young as 11 years old. Detective Sergeant Shane Fasey says Bradbury would examine young boys “purely for his own sexual gratification and with no medical justification whatsoever.”

"Bradbury's offenses were an appalling breach of trust committed against vulnerable victims who had been placed in his care,” Detective Fasey said. "The families believed the boys were in his safe hands but they were actually being abused by Bradbury, who carried out examinations purely for his own sexual gratification and with no medical justification whatsoever. I would like to praise the victims and their families who have shown the bravery to come forward and help bring Bradbury to account.”

Fasey said he and his team worked closely with officials from the Cambridge University Hospital system during the investigation. Dr. Keith McNeil, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals National Health Services Trust, says Bradbury broke the “ancient and sacred trust” between doctors and patients.

"As chief executive of the trust, I am so deeply sorry these incidents have happened,” McNeil said. “I am also deeply saddened, as a doctor, that one of my own profession has placed himself and his patients in this position. There is a very ancient and sacred trust that exists between a doctor and his patients and, quite frankly, it sickens me to think that trust has been breached."

Bradbury posted bail after court today and was entered into England’s sex offender registry. His sentencing will come at a later date, but the presiding judge said he should expect a “substantial” sentence. 

Sources: Mirror, BBC