(NaturalNews) A few years back the Boston Globe wrote a series of investigative reports detailing how a number of Catholic priests who had sexually abused children - mostly young boys - over the course of their priesthood.
More recently, Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for the once-vaunted Penn State college football program, was found guilty of sexually abusing young boys in the shower at the sports facility there, and that the program's long-time, national championship-winning coach, the beloved Joe Paterno - "JoePa" to most everyone who knew him - was complicit in that he did too little to expose his friend and fellow coach.
How about the Delaware pediatrician who "allegedly sexually abused more than 100 of his patients over the span of a decade"?
If you're sensing a pattern here that many of our country's most sacred, once-respected institutions and professions are crumbling around us, you would be correct.
According to reports in 2010, Dr. Earl Bradley, who has since been dubbed "America's Worst Pedophile," stood accused of molesting 103 young patients in his office in the tiny town of Lewes, Del., since 1994.
'13 hours of video files'
Detailed in 160 pages of what ABC News described as "disturbing court documents," Bradley apparently videotaped his sex acts. The documents said Bradley repeatedly molested his child patients as their parents sat nearby and unsuspecting outside the waiting room of his BayBee's Pediatrics clinic.
"I cannot say certain things that I am feeling, and I am feeling a great deal. I am determined to see that this defendant will never, ever be in a position again to hurt another child," Delaware's attorney general, Beau Biden, told reporters.
Bradley was initially held on a $2.3 million bond following his arrest in December 2010. Court papers said he had abused patients just days before he was picked up.
The court documents described Bradley's alleged actions between 1998 and 2009. Of the children mentioned in the indictment, only one of them was male, reports said. The indictment was on 471 counts, reflecting the depth and scope of this animal's perversion.
"A search of Bradley's medical practice late last year (2009) lead to the analysis of more than 13 hours of video files, computers and hard drives and more than 7,000 patient files," ABC News said.
Biden said following Bradley's arrest that "this is a very, very troubling case, and we here in the state of Delaware are pursuing it aggressively to the fullest extent of the law."
"The thing that makes this case so troubling and horrific is the alleged abuse of trust in this matter," said Biden. "These are highly specialized cases where no one in the community could believe someone could do this to a child, to a child who is voiceless."
Some of the victims were just months old.
Bradley's actions finally came to light after a two-year-old girl told her mother following a visit with him that he had hurt her and touched her genitals. Court papers said Bradley first examined the child in her mother's presence, but later removed her to the office basement where there were toys.
The mother, who was not named in the court documents, told police she allowed her daughter to be alone with Bradley "because of his position as a doctor" and because she "trusted him."
How many more are there?
On the way home; however, the little girl told her mother Bradley had touched her improperly - a similar complaint she made to her father when he took her to see Bradley a month earlier.
The arrest documents said one of Bradley's exam rooms, known as the "Pinocchio Room" because of its decorations, was seen often on the video tapes that police obtained. In the videos, Bradley can be seen undressing his patients and performing sexual acts on them.
In another exam room adorned with "The Little Mermaid" trappings, more despicable abuse by Bradley allegedly occurred. In some of the videos, Bradley, described in reports as a popular pediatrician can be seen muzzling screaming children as they tried to escape his clutches.
Bradley, 56, described as 6-feet tall, 225 pounds, allegedly had a "violently enraged expression on his face" as he screamed at a two-year-old patient to perform sexual acts on him. The investigating officer described that video in court documents as "one of the most violent and brutal attacks on a child of any age" that he had ever seen, ABC News reported.
So why "cover" this story now?
Consider: In the case of the abusive priests, it has to be said that most are honest, decent, religiously devoted men.
So are most pediatricians. But how many others have gotten away with, or are getting away with, abusing our children?