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Physician Guilty of Raping Child Patients

A pediatrician from Delaware was found guilty Thursday on all counts of sexually assaulting and raping child patients; some are as young as three years old.

Dr. Earl Bradley of Lewes, Delaware, was found guilty by Judge William Carpenter on all 24 counts of sexual exploitation, sexual assault, and rape during a non-jury trial in Sussex County Superior Court.

Bradley was accused of sexually attacking dozens of his patients between 1998 and 2009. All except one of those children are girls. Bradley even made a total of 86 videotapes on the attacks with the use of hidden cameras, according to a state police who investigated the rape case.

The courtroom was crowded with spectators and journalists; several of them even shed tears while the judge spoke. There were also 20 armed officers inside the courtroom.

58-year old Bradley sat silently and conveyed no outward emotions while the verdicts were read.

The police officer who testified during the trial said that Bradley had an inclination to sexually abuse toddlers who could not yet speak; an average age of three years old. Another officer said that Bradley often gave his victims colored popsicles to cover up possible bruising and blood whenever he forces their mouths open.

During the June 7 trial, the prosecutors presented two police officers while the defense did not bother presenting any case.

Dr. Earl Bradley faces life in prison without the possibility of parole on his 26th of August sentencing. There is a gag order prohibiting attorneys from both sides to talk about or to comment on the case and it will remain in effect until August 26th.


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Rising Rivers in the East Force Evacuations

Rising rivers caused by several days of continued rain forced hundreds of families out of their homes in Maine and Maryland on Friday. However, flooding across the East is still far from a widespread catastrophe.

Currently waning out from the snowy winter season, areas outside of the city of New York were the most affected. Also, northern New Jersey, which is a notable flood-prone area, are still in water. The flood waters are not likely to dry for a couple of days.

State police reported that 1,300 homes had to be evacuated by midmorning Friday since they are situated in Pequannock close to the Pompton River. The same happened with 100 homes in Fairfield. By midday, several shelter homes opened as American Red Cross prepared for more.

Widespread  flooding is likely to occur along Pequannock, Pompton and Ramapo rivers in North Jersey. The rivers are still not likely to reach their peak until Saturday. However, Gov. Chris Christie said worst could happen.

Christie was condemned during a blizzard in late December when he was not in the state when it occurred. But now, he has announced a state of emergency even though the rain has not yet started.

According to weather agency National Weather Service, there will be no expected major rain for the next few days, which might give a chance for the area to get dry. The department also expected the Susquehanna River located northeast of Pennsylvania to rise as high as 8 feet near Wikes-Barre by Saturday.

Moderate flooding occurred in western Maryland while both Monocacy River near Frederick and Conococheague Creek in Fairview were already over their banks.

Minor flooding continued along the Ohio River and flood waters in Cincinnati were already 3 feet above the official flood level and still rising.

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