A doctor in the UK has been jailed for 22 years after pleading guilty to sexually abusing little boys in his care who were gravely ill with cancer.
Dr Myles Bradbury, a consultant pediatrician from Herringswell, Suffolk, worked as a hematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he conducted examinations on boys ‘purely for his own sexual gratification.’
According to documents filed at the Cambridge Crown Court, the 41-year old even filmed some of the boys he abused with a spy pen and some of the boys he molested behind the curtains even when their parents were in the room.
Back in September, Bradbury pleaded guilty to 25 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images, against boys aged between 10 and 16.
Handing down the sentence on Monday, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth remarked, ‘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. ‘In all my years on the bench, I have never come across such a grotesque betrayal of your Hippocratic oath.’
Hawkesworth also noted that Bradbury’s sentence was reduced because he entered the guilty plea early, but added that ‘some might observe’ that he copped to the crimes because of the overwhelming evidence against him.
‘There are almost too many aggravating factors to list in your prolonged carefully, planned and cruel abuse,’ he said. ‘It is implicit in what you did for your own sexual gratification that you were targeting the most vulnerable, sick children.’
Commenting on the sentence, Police Superintendent Gary Ridgway of Cambridgeshire Police said, ‘This case has understandably caused distress to many people. Bradbury was highly respected and revered by the families of his victims, who trusted him implicitly. But he betrayed that trust in an appalling way, by carrying out examinations purely for his own sexual gratification.’