West Suffolk children’s doctor admits sexually abusing patients

Dr Myles Bradbury
Dr Myles Bradbury
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A West Suffolk children’s doctor who sexually abused vulnerable young boys in his care ‘purely for his own gratification’ is facing a ‘substantial’ prison sentence.

Dr Myles Bradbury, 41, formerly of The Street, Herringswell, pleaded guilty 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 at Cambridge Crown Court.

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 this week 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 over 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.

Over 16,000 indecent images of children was 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.

Detective Sergeant Shane Fasey said Bradbury had been interviewed on three occasions but declined to make any comment.

Det Sgt Fasey said: “Bradbury’s offences were an appalling breach of trust committed against vulnerable victims who had been placed in his care.

“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.”

Cambridge University Hospital chief executive Dr Keith McNeil said he was ‘deeply saddened’ a doctor had abused his position in such a way.

Det Sgt Fasey praised the bravery of victims and their families who came forward in what was a ‘complex and challenging investigation’.

Bradbury was granted bail until sentencing.