Authorities looking for victims of suspect arrested on molestation charges

Thursday, January 17th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) _ Claremore police want to talk to any children who were approached or molested by a man who said he was a pediatrician or Navy SEAL.

Bradley Joe Harris, 23, allegedly used a Sand Springs skating rink to meet potential victims, police Investigator Tim Norris said Wednesday.

Harris, whose attorney surrendered him to Claremore police on Friday, has been charged with two counts of lewd molestation and one count of forcible sodomy.

He is in the Rogers County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail. Bail initially was $100,000.

``We feel like there may be others out there who are too embarrassed to say anything,'' Norris said. He encouraged victims to come forward.

Harris allegedly targeted troubled children or those with single parents, Norris said. He gained the parents' trust by passing himself off as a doctor, and the children's trust by telling them he was a Navy SEAL who had killed numerous drug lords, the investigator alleged.

Harris worked at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa as an operating room assistant and recently was discharged from the Coast Guard, police said.

Once Harris gained a victim's trust, he allegedly took the victim to his grandmother's home in Claremore, where they would end up spending the night, the officer said.

The alleged victims were boys ages 9 to 15. Court records allege that two of the molestations occurred in December and a third in September.