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Dr. Earl Bradley entered the not guilty plea Wednesday at a two-minute arraignment hearing in Sussex County Superior Court.

Dr. Bradley, who was arrested in December, is being held in lieu of $2.9 million bail.

The charges against Dr. Bradley include rape, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact, continuous sexual abuse of a child, assault and reckless endangering.

A grand jury indictment returned last month alleges that Dr. Bradley videotaped sexual attacks on 103 children, dating back to December 1998. The indictment alleges that many victims were assaulted repeatedly.

NEW JERSEY

Regulator: Allow mob kin to work for casinos

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — For 22 years, Joseph N. Merlino and his mother, Phyllis, have sought permission for their concrete-reinforcing company to work in the Atlantic City casino industry.

And for 22 years, state regulators have refused them for two main reasons: Joseph Merlino’s late father was mobster Lawrence Yogi Merlino and his cousin is Joseph Skinny Joey Merlino, a former mob boss who is now imprisoned.

The younger Merlino insists he, his mother and their company, Bayshore Rebar, are clean and should not be penalized for the sins of their relatives.

On Wednesday, they got the answer they’ve been seeking for more than two decades when a New Jersey Casino Control Commission hearing officer recommended that Bayshore Rebar receive a license to do work for casinos. The full five-member commission must vote on the decision within 45 days.

From wire dispatches and staff reports