From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
Aubrey Levin faces new trial for sex assault charges
Previous jury could not come to a decision about four charges facing the former court psychiatrist
Posted: Apr 12, 2013 1:19 PM MT
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2013 4:14 PM MT
A new trial has been ordered for a former Calgary court psychiatrist after a jury failed to reach a verdict on four of the nine counts of sexual assault against him.
A jury found Aubrey Levin guilty of three counts of sexual assault in January and acquitted him of two others, but they were unable to reach a verdict on the other charges.
One of those charges has now been stayed, so Levin is still facing three charges for allegedly assaulting his male patients who were assigned to him through the courts between 1999 and 2010.
Crown prosecutor Dallas Sopko says choosing a jury will be difficult so he has requested a larger pool than usual to choose from.
“There was a lot of media attention for the first trial and it’s always important that the jury is made up of people who come into the situation completely unbiased with no information as to the original trial,” he said.
Allegations came to light in 2010
As a court psychiatrist, Levin was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.
The allegations came to light in 2010 after one of the patients came forward with secret videos he recorded during the court-ordered sessions with Levin.
The videos, played in court, show Levin undoing the man’s belt and appearing to fondle him.
Levin has denied the allegations and claimed he was conducting examinations to help with sexual dysfunction.
The new trial gets underway in December, and jurors will begin hearing evidence next March.
In all, 13 weeks have been set aside for the trial.
The same story from the Calgary Herald: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Former+psychiatrist+Aubrey+Levin+faces+second+trial+charges/8235147/story.html