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Bradley house on the market

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Bethel lists property of convicted pedophile

Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes has put the home of convicted pedophile Earl Bradley on the market.

The Rev. Earle Baker said the Bethel congregation voted unanimously June 30 to sell the home at 322 Savannah Road. Baker said there has already been interest in the property.

The move comes just two months after the church's application to demolish the home was denied by the city's historic preservation commission.

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,600-square-foot home is listed at $250,000.

The house was given to the church after Wells Fargo bank was unable to sell it. Church officials had been mulling what to do with the property, located in the city's historic district, for two years.

"We've had meetings upon meetings upon meetings to see what the church will allow us to do," said William "Barry" Porter, chairman of Bethel's board of trustees, at a historic preservation meeting in March. He said they went to the state charge conference, and it gave permission to seek demolition of the property.

But when the application to demolish was denied, an alternative had to be found.

Baker said the house is structurally sound, but it would likely need new electric, plumbing and HVAC.

Bradley is serving 14 life sentences plus 164 years after being convicted of rape, assault and sexual exploitation involving 86 children at his Lewes office. Bradley's pediatrics office on Route 1 was demolished in 2011.

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Original Publication Date: July 8, 2016

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