by Sara Swann
David Ray Bradley, a Greenbrier County health care provider was arrested in 2011 on accusations of having sexually assaulted a blind and mentally handicapped patient with a toilet bowl brush. On Monday, July 7, Bradley was sentenced to a period of not less than two and not more than 10 years in prison and a$1,000 fine.
The 40-year-old Rainelle resident was indicted in October 2011 on one count of first degree sexual assault and one count of abuse of an incapacitated adult causing serious bodily injury. According to Staci Teaney, case manager for the Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, the jury found Bradley guilty of the abuse.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Cpl. R.D. Baker of the Greenbrier County Sherriff’s Department, police officers arrested Bradley in August 2011 after Greenbrier Valley Medical Center staff members suspected a blind and mentally handicapped patient “had been sodomized by a foreign object.”
Cpl. Baker further reported in the complaint that when Bradley was called in for questioning, he changed his version of the events leading to the injury of his client repeatedly. At first he claimed that he was unaware of the alleged abuse, then that the insertion of the toilet brush was accidental, and finally that he had in fact intentionally sodomized the victim “out of anger due to the victim throwing a fit.” His alleged confession was a focal point of the trial.
Former employee of Psychological Assessment and Intervention Services in Lewisburg, Bradley was, according to the complaint, “responsible for the care of the victim at his home in Rainelle.”