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12 June 2015, 07:06
A children's doctor from Suffolk who abused 18 boys in his care is today challenging a 22-year jail sentence imposed by a judge who described him as the worst paedophile he had ever seen.
Myles Bradbury, from Herringswell, worked as a paediatric consultant haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where he carried out medical examinations on boys ''purely for his own sexual gratification'', Cambridge Crown Court heard.
He was jailed in December after pleading guilty to 25 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images, involving boys aged between 10 and 16.
His appeal is being heard by Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave and Mr Justice Goss at the Court of Appeal in London.
All of the victims suffered from leukaemia, haemophilia or other serious conditions. Some have since died.
Bradbury filmed some of them using a spy pen and abused others behind a curtain while their parents were in the room.
Sentencing him, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: ''I have never come across a more culpable and grave course of sexual criminality which has involved such a gross and grotesque breach and betrayal of your Hippocratic Oath and trust reposed in you by your patients, their families and colleagues.
''There are almost too many aggravating features to enumerate in this prolonged, carefully planned, cruel and persistent campaign of abuse. At the top of this comes the breach of trust.``
He told him: ''Your actions have undermined public trust in an already overstretched health service and have caused enormous expense and upheaval in the internal inquiries that inevitably followed your suspension from practice.
''All this almost pales into insignificance set against the trauma, fear and distress you have caused to your victims and their families - considerable psychological harm, I have no doubt - which I suspect will linger with them for the rest of their lives.''