Former Herringswell doctor to be sentenced today for sexual offences against boys

Dr Myles Bradbury
Dr Myles Bradbury

The sentencing of a West Suffolk children’s doctor who sexually abused vulnerable young boys in his care ‘purely for his own gratification’ is due to start today.

Dr Myles Bradbury, 41, formerly of The Street, Herringswell, pleaded guilty earlier this year to 25 charges against a total of 18 victims from 2009 to 2013.

The victims, all boys, ranged in age from eight to 17 and suffered from illnesses including cancer and blood disorders.

He pleaded guilty to 12 counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 15 and seven counts of sexually assaulting a boy under 13 by touching.

The paediatrician also pleaded guilty to three counts of causing or inciting a boy aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, one count of voyeurism (recording a private act) and two counts of making an indecent photograph of a child.

It emerged that Bradbury was known to the authorities 16 months before his arrest, after police in Toronto, Canada, investigating child pornography across the world handed a list of more than 2,300 suspects to British authorities.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre was told Bradbury had been identified as someone who had purchased child abuse material online, but officers did not pursue the matter.

Bradbury, who treated children for disorders affecting the blood or bone marrow, admitted to molesting patients and encouraging them to masturbate in front of him over a four and a half year period.

Many of the offences took place while Bradbury was working as a consultant paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

More than 16,000 indecent images of children were also found on a disk in Bradbury’s home.

He was suspended by the NHS in November last year after a victim spoke to his parents about what had happened to him.

Police were notified and Bradbury was arrested in December.

Bradbury’s sentencing will start today at Cambridge Crown Court and is due to conclude on Monday.