Myles Bradbury was a successful doctor, having practised as a specialist in child cancer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridgeshire, for the last five years.
Following complaints, an investigation landed him in Court where, on 15 September 2014, Dr Bradbury pleaded guilty to 25 child sex offences relating to 18 different complainants.
Bradbury’s victims were male patients aged 10-16 under his care. The offences were committed within six months of Bradbury taking his position at the hospital, and occurred over a 4.5 year period.
We’re not entirely sure of the exact nature of the offences, however it appears that they involved touching the victims’ genitalia under the guise of a necessary medical examination and encouraging them to engage in sexual activity.
Cambridge News reported: At the beginning of his sentencing hearing, prosecutor John Farmer said the defendant had a “longstanding, unlawful, sexual interest in boys”.
“He took the opportunity of fondling the boy’s genitals and encouraging them to masturbate in his presence and obtain erections for his own personal gratification.
“On some occasions, when he failed to exclude the parent, he simply carried on behind the curtain behind which the boy had gone to remove his clothes.”
The offences were:
- 6 x Sexual Assault (maximum 10 years)
- 13 x sexual activity with a child (maximum 14 years)
- 3 x causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity (maximum 14 years)
- 1 x voyeurism (maximum 2 years)
- 2 x making an indecent image of a child (relating to 16,000 images – although we don’t know what level these were at) (maximum 10 years)
He was sentenced to 22 years’ imprisonment. Release will be at the half-way point. Those convicted of sexual offences are not eligible for release on a tag (“Home Detention Curfew”).
The judge will have applied the Sentencing Guidelines for Sexual Offences. At present, it is not possible to comment on the length of the sentences as we don’t really have sufficient information. However we can say that a lengthy sentence was inevitable and the aggravating features of the the gross breach of trust, the vulnerability of the victims and the use of his professional reputation and position to facilitate the commission of the offences would have severely aggravated the seriousness of the offences.
It is unclear whether or not full credit was given for the guilty pleas, however we can speculate that the total sentence – before credit – would have been in the order of 25-30 years which is exceptionally long.
We would expect the judge to have approached the sentencing exercise as follows:
a) determine the appropriate sentence for each offence,
b) make multiple offences committed against the same victims concurrent (unless they were committed on separate occasions, in which case there is an argument to say they should be consecutive)
c) make the sentences among the different victims consecutive
d) calculate the total and apply the principle of totality and make a reduction if appropriate
Bradbury will be required to comply with the notification requirements (the sex offenders register) for life and will no longer be allowed to work as a doctor.
Probably. He has nothing to lose. We’ll wait to see if the sentencing remarks are published until we give a firm view about the length of the sentence and the prospects of an appeal, but you will realise from reading this blog, sentences for sexual offences are not getting any shorter.