Del. pediatrician faces trial in sex abuse case

By JESSICA GRESKO | May 28, 2011 | 1:44 PM EDT

This Dec. 23, 2009 photo shows Dr. Earl B. Bradley's Office "BayBees" in Georgetown, Del. From the outside, Bradley’s office looked like a fun place to visit: a merry-go-round and miniature Ferris wheel twirled in the yard, a statue of Buzz Lightyear perched on the roof and a purple hippo swung from a sign. Prosecutors say the doctor’s office complex nestled up against heavily traveled U.S. 1 in Lewes wasn’t an amusement park, but a chamber of horrors where Bradley sexually abused scores of mostly female patients. Authorities say he videotaped some of the abuse in exam rooms decorated with artwork from the Disney films “Pinocchio” and “The Little Mermaid.” Bradley faces hundreds of charges when he goes on trial Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Georgetown, Del. (AP Photo/Chuck Snyder)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pediatrician accused of abusing scores of mostly female patients will soon go on trial in Delaware.

Earl Bradley faces hundreds of charges of abuse when he goes on trial Wednesday in Georgetown. Officials say the first charges against Bradley surfaced more than a decade ago and that graphic videos seized from his office document the abuse.

So far, however, information about the trial has been sparse. A gag order issued by Judge William Carpenter Jr. has prevented Bradley's attorneys, prosecutors and others involved from talking. Parents who believe their children were victims of abuse say the hope the trial will be short so as not to prolong their ordeal.