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Psychiatrist guilty of sexual assault

After days of deliberation, a jury found a Calgary psychiatrist guilty Monday on three counts of sexual assault against his male patients.

Dr. Aubrey Levin stood quietly and without outward emotion as he was found not guilty on two counts and a mistrial was declared on four other counts. Court will reconvene on those matters on March 15 to set a date for a new trial.

Over the weekend, the jury had indicated they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the charges but Justice Donna Shelley implored with them to keep trying.

The nine patients had been assigned to Levin through the courts between 1999 and 2010.

The allegations against Levin, 74, came to light in 2010 after one of his patients came forward with secret videos he recorded during court-ordered sessions with the psychiatrist.

The videos, played in court last fall, show Levin undoing the man's belt and jeans and appearing to fondle him.

The patient, identified only as R.B. in court, was on probation at the time the videos were taken and had been ordered by a court to see Levin twice a month.

The man said he had told authorities about previous assaults and no one believed him, so he bought a spy camera and brought it to his appointments.

Levin said he was only performing a physical examination to test for sexual dysfunction, but the jury sided with R.B. and found Levin guilty.

The Canadian Press


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