A Delaware judge has approved a $123 million class action settlement for sexual abuse victims of a local pediatrician. Dr. Earl Bradley was convicted in August 2011 of several counts of child rape involving his patients and sentenced to 14 life terms, plus 164 years in prison. Bradley videotaped his crimes and kept copies in his office. The tapes were uncovered by the police and used as evidence against him.
The class actions suit against Bradley included more than 900 abuse claims over a period of fifteen years. Some of his victims included infants. Pursuant to the settlement, mediator Thomas Rutter will be responsible for distributing the $123 to the victims. Rutter is instructed to evaluate each of the claims and separate them among five categories based on severity.