June 9, 2011
[Jenny Brightly, US Crime News Contributor]
What’s On Xiamen: American pediatrician
, Dr. Earl Bradley, who practised in the state of Delaware
is now on trial for allegedly raping
86 toddlers over a period of more than 10 years. All were his patients and of his victims, only one was not female. He has entered a plea of not guilty to all 24 charges against him.
The families of the victims who were shown the doctor’s stash of videos recording the rapes were horrified and a forensic computer engineer testifying said: “They were beyond anything I had ever witnessed. Nothing prepared me for it”.
Bradley, a married doctor with four children was practising from 1994 up to his arrest in 2009.
He is expected to get life imprisonment.
May 27, 2011
[Tony Whitehill, Criminal News Contributor]
MailOnline: There is something horribly sick about British adults as a recent report out by the UK Home Office reveals that last year every 20 minutes in Britain, a child was sexually abused. In fact sex crimes against kids in the United Kingdom last year reached total of 23,000 (64 offences a day), but the figures are thought to be conservative.
The victims were mostly high school students, although 1000 crimes involved kids too young to go to school. One in four victims was under 18. Most of the sex abuse was perpetratred by friends, family members and carers.
NSPCC, a children’s charity organization, has expressed grave concern and urged the authorities to take immediate action in order to save future victims and track the offenders down.
As a measure of tackling sex criminals and making clear the true scope of the problem, sex offender identity revelation scheme has been introduced in England and Wales so far and a special governmental report on the sexualisation of children is going to be made public soon.
March 13, 2011
The Root reports that a man in Texas was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for spitting at a police officer and another man, a 19-year-old student from Washington, was jailed for having unprotected sex with his own girlfriend. The common feature in both of these relatively harsh sentences is that the men were HIV positive.
More than 34 US states now have criminalized any actions that might possibly result in infecting a person with HIV. No matter how small the chances are to catch the disease as a result of the offence (like spitting on somebody) and whether, or not the virus was actually transmitted, harsh sentences for the HIV-infected seem to be the order of the day in the USA.
Depending on which state it is, actions that might infect someone are likely to be punished just as severely as a failure to act (e.g. to inform your partner of your condition) in order to prevent others from getting infected. States are now taking to registering HIV-positive ‘criminals‘ in the National Sex Offenders’ Registry with no regard to the nature of the crime committed, which means that the whereabouts of the offenders are likely to get carefully monitored.
With more than one million people in the USA are officially HIV, or AIDS-ridden and with 40,000 HIV infections happening each year, these protective measures seem to be the start of a two-tier criminal justice regime – one for the non HIV-infected, one for the infected. The next step, bells for the HIV-infected? Who knows, as the US criminal justice system struggles to cope with this unprecedented problem.
[Medical Law Contributor]