January 31, 2013, Breaking News

Fresh from the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/01/31/calgary-levin-sentenced-breaking.html

and

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/01/31/calgary-levin-sentenced.html

Jail time

From Huffington Post Canada: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/31/aubrey-levin-sentencing-judge_n_2588126.html

Aubrey Levin Trial: Psychiatrist Who Molested Patients Could Go To Jail Today

CALGARY – A Calgary psychiatrist who molested three of the male patients that were assigned to him by the justice system could be sent to prison today.

Alberta Justice Donna Shelley is wasting little time in proceeding with the sentencing of Dr. Aubrey Levin, after he was convicted of three counts of sexual assault by a jury Monday night.

Sentencing arguments and victim impact statements from his three victims were heard Wednesday in a trial that has dragged on since October.

Crown prosecutor Dallas Sopko said due to the “predatory” and “prolonged” sexual assaults, as well as a breach of trust, a suitable sentence for the 74-year-old would be six-to-eight years in prison.

“The offender clearly acted without regard for the emotional and mental well being of the victims. This was a serious sexual assault repeated over a number of years,” he said.

“This case is more aggravating because of the elevated position of trust with a psychiatrist.”

Defence counsel Chris Archer suggested that the assaults were minor in nature and Levin should serve a sentence of just 60-to-90 days on weekends.

“He’s a frail 74-year-old geriatric who is ill,” Archer said.

“He’s a high risk in jail.”

Levin sat quietly in court during the hearing and had nothing to say in his own defence.

Levin initially faced charges involving nine different men, but was found guilty on three counts and acquitted on two others. The jury could not reach a verdict on four of the charges.

The patients had been assigned to Levin between 1999 and 2010.

The allegations against him came to light in 2010 after one of his patients came forward with secret videos he had 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 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.

“It seemed hopeless,” R.B. said in one of three victim impact statements to the court.

“I had nowhere to turn.”

Another said he hoped Levin would “suffer as much as I and everyone else has”.

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.

He served briefly as regional director for the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and was licensed in 1998 to practise psychiatry in Alberta.

 

Today’s National Post article

From the National Post: 74-year-old Calgary psychiatrist convicted of molesting patients to face sentencing hearing

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/30/74-year-old-calgary-psychiatrist-convicted-of-molesting-patients-to-face-sentencing-hearing/

Bill Graveland, Canadian Press | Jan 30, 2013 8:42 AM ET | Last Updated:

CALGARY — A Calgary psychiatrist convicted of sexually assaulting three of his court-appointed male patients is to face a sentencing hearing today.

The Crown has described Dr. Aubrey Levin, 74, as a “convicted serial sex offender” who violated a position of trust he had with the patients during court-ordered sessions.

Levin initially faced charges involving nine different men. Earlier this week, a jury convicted him on three of the counts and found him not guilty on two others. It could not reach a verdict on four of the charges.

Prosecutor Dallas Sopko has said he will ask Justice Donna Shelley for a sentence of between four and seven years.

“It’s the Crown’s submission and we’re hopeful that the justice will find that the facts are that the assaults were serious in nature,” said Sopko. “It all comes down to the facts as found by the justice.”

Levin’s lawyer, Chris Archer, argues the sex assaults were minor and the sentence should be much lighter.

“The only aggravating factor is the violation of trust,”  Archer said Monday evening after the verdicts were reached.

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

The allegations against him came to light in 2010 after one of his patients came forward with secret videos he had 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.

Archer said his client should serve between 30 and 90 days on two of the charges. He said the punishment for the more serious case involving R.B. should depend on what the facts support.

Sopko intends to have victim impact statements read by three male patients. He had hoped to have more time to prepare for the arguments.

“It’s not ideal but the Crown will adapt to the situation as it unfolds. The court wants this process to be over and done expediently and the Crown will rise to the challenge.”

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.

He served briefly as regional director for the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and was licensed in 1998 to practise psychiatry in Alberta.

Related

Sentence of 4 to 7 years

From the CBC this morning:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/01/28/calgary-levin-jury-sent-back.html

My own thoughts:

The Crown is looking at 4 to 7 years. Sadly, Levin’s crimes in South Africa will go unpunished.

Why does Canada allow people like these to get into such positions of power? How can they climb up the ladder  using superficial charm, intimidation and “qualifications”?

I encourage other people who come on this site to speak up more not just on Levin, but also on psychiatrists and therapists who have abused them sexually, physically, emotionally or psychologically in both a professional or private setting. It is very important that the truth be outed. Not just for your own sake, but for others too, to be aware and not seek the services of predators.

While certainly not all therapists, psychologists or psychiatrists are this way – it is still known as a field where several personality-disordered people enter to “cure” themselves, trying to “cure” others. And sometimes, for those who are predatory, instead of helping, they abuse those who trust them.

There are sites out there which specifically document the violations by mental-health professionals. These are extremely useful to get a grip on facts.

http://psychrapereporter.wordpress.com/

http://psychsex.wordpress.com/

But healing in a shared setting is equally important and that is why message boards with private identities help. Do know, that if you have been violated mentally, emotionally and/or physically you may not be alone. And together, victims can make a difference, when they challenge the predator – no matter how well the predator tries to present a public mask of charm and intellect. The disparity between the public and private sides are hallmarks of pathological narcissists, and all predators, sociopaths, and psychopaths have narcissistic personality disorder, among other ailments, which make it impossible for them to view anything from a victim’s view and also have that chilling lack of empathy and remorse.

Speak up. At most, it brings one peace to have been heard. 

Jury finds Aubrey Levin guilty on 3 counts of sexual assault

From the Canadian Broadcasting Corpporation: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/01/28/calgary-levin-jury-sent-back.html

 

A Calgary jury in the sexual assault case against Aubrey Levin has found the former psychiatrist guilty on three counts of sexual assault against male patients, and not guilty on two counts of sexual assault.

Levin, 74, stood quietly and did not show any emotion as he listened to the decision, while his son and daughter-in-law were visibly emotional.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Donna Shelley declared a mistrial on the remaining four counts of sexual assault because the jury couldn’t reach a decision on those.

The Crown is asking for a jail term of between four and seven years.

Jury members began deliberating on Friday and were sequestered over the weekend, but appeared to be unable to agree on verdicts.

On Sunday, the jury sent the judge a letter saying it was deadlocked.

“After vigorous and lengthy deliberations, we are unable to reach a verdict on any of the nine charges and are not convinced further deliberations will help,” read the letter.

On Monday morning, Justice Donna Shelley asked jurors to keep trying to reach a verdict in the case.

The jury deliberated all day and finally came to a decision on five of the nine counts at about 7:30 p.m. MT.

Levin formerly served as a court-appointed psychiatrist and was charged with nine counts of sexual assault involving male patients.

The allegations came to light in 2010 after one a patient came forwardwith secret videos he recorded during court-ordered sessions with the psychiatrist.

The videos, which were played in court, show Levin undoing the man’s belt and jeans and appearing to fondle him.

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, denied all the allegations against him and claimed he was conducting examinations to help with sexual dysfunction.

Charge pending against wife

The case also saw an accusation of jury tampering. One juror was dismissed after informing the court she had been approached by a woman and offered an envelope full of cash to find Levin not guilty.

A charge of obstruction of justice is pending against Levin’s wife, Erica, who has been under house arrest since the alleged encounter.

Jury Deadlocked

From the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/01/27/calgary-levin-sex-assault-trial-verdict-expected.html

CBC News

Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:51 PM MT

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2013 8:46 PM MT

The jury in the trial of Dr. Aubrey Levin has entered its third day of deliberations.
A jury that was given the task of deciding on the fate of a former prominent Calgary psychiatrist accused of molesting several of his court-appointed patients was unable to reach a verdict Sunday evening.

The seven man, four woman jury handed a letter to the judge, after three days of trying to come to a consensus.

“After vigorous and lengthy deliberations, we are unable to reach a verdict on any of the nine charges and are not convinced further deliberations will help,” read the letter to the judge.

Justice Donna Shelley decided the jury should sleep on the decision for one more night.

Defence lawyer Chris Archer spoke against the decision, saying, “I don’t believe we need to go any further. This is a mistrial.”

Lawyers are meeting to discuss next steps, and the judge will address the jury Monday morning.

Dr. Aubrey Levin, 74, is accused of sexually assaulting nine of his male patients, all of whom were assigned to him through the courts between 1999 and 2010.

The case was handed to the jury on Friday but it failed to reach a verdict for a third straight day Saturday.

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

The videos, played in court, 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 was under court order 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. After Levin was arrested, other former patients came forward with abuse allegations.

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, has denied all the allegations and claimed he was conducting examinations to help with sexual dysfunction.

He was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.

Last week, Levin’s wife, Erica Levin, 69, was cited for contempt of court and placed under house arrest for allegedly trying to bribe a juror to acquit her husband.

She is expected to be charged with obstruction of justice over the next few days.

The juror, who had to be dismissed, told the court she’d been approached near the court house and offered an envelope, apparently containing cash, to find Levin not guilty.

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Will justice prevail? Or another abuser walk away free?

From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/27/aubrey-levin-calgary-psychiatrist-jury-goes-third-day_n_2560657.html

Aubrey Levin’s Sex Assault Trial’s Jury Goes A Third Day

CALGARY – The jury in the sex assault trial of a Calgary psychiatrist appeared to have reached an impasse on Sunday.

After three days of deliberations the jury sent a note to Alberta Justice Donna Shelley.

“Despite vigorous and lengthy deliberations we are unable to reach a verdict on any of the nine charges,” said the note read to the court by Justice Shelley.

The jury said it was not convinced that “further deliberations would help” in determining the guilt or innocence of Dr. Aubrey Levin.

Levin’s lawyer, Chris Archer, made an application to have the proceedings declared a mistrial.

“They have deliberated for quite a long time and are just not able to reach a verdict and won’t be able to,” Archer told the court.

Crown prosecutor Bill Wister said he is concerned about prior allegations of jury tampering.

Erica Levin, 69, has been under house arrest since a woman allegedly approached a juror near the Calgary Courts Centre and offered her an envelope full of cash to find Levin not guilty.

“One of the serious concerns of the Crown is the alleged actions of the accused’s wife,” said Wister.

“There’s already been an attempt to tamper with the jury. We are deeply concerned,” he added.

“I’ve never been in a case where there’s been an attempt to bribe a juror.”

Wister said despite three days of deliberations the remaining 11 jurors hadn’t asked the court a single question. He added that since there did not appear to be any questions about the facts of the case or the law, something else must be in play

“This is serious and disturbing beyond anything any of us have seen.”

Justice Shelley noted the jurors are likely exhausted and ordered them to get a good night sleep and to return Monday morning.

“They have an impasse and they do need to be exhorted,” she said.

Levin, 74, is accused of sexually assaulting nine of his male patients, all of whom were assigned to him through the courts between 1999 and 2010.

The allegations came to light in 2010 after one of the 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. After Levin was arrested, other former patients came forward with abuse allegations.