Aubrey Levin’s Appeal Denied and “Dr. Shock” begins his prison sentence

From the CBC, original story here http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/convicted-court-psychiatrist-aubrey-levin-s-appeal-denied-1.2619311:

Convicted court psychiatrist Aubrey Levin’s appeal denied

Levin found guilty on sexual assault charges for fondling patients

The Alberta Court of Appeal has denied former court psychiatrist Aubrey Levin’s bid to have his convictions thrown out.

He was found guilty of three counts in January 2013 for fondling men who had been assigned to him as patients through the courts.

Levin was given a five-year prison sentence.

With Levin’s appeal dismissed, he now has 48 hours to turn himself him.

“There were arguments about whether or not the Crown should have, for example, gone out and conducted an investigation or the police should have conducted an investigation at the direction of Dr. Levin’s counsel, and that’s not the law,” said Maureen McGuire with Alberta Justice.

“We don’t conduct investigations at the direction of counsel.”

Levin faced other charges. He was found not guilty on two counts of sexual assault and a mistrial was declared on four counts.

From Huffington Post Canada, http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04/23/aubrey-levin-appeal_n_5199792.html

Aubrey Levin Loses Appeal, Must Turn Himself In

 By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The Alberta Court of Appeal has refused to overturn a psychiatrist’s three convictions for sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients.

Dr. Aubrey Levin was found guilty by a jury in January 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Levin, 75, had asked the Appeal Court last October to dismiss the convictions and order a new trial. He had remained free on bail while the appeal was being heard.

But the court has ruled that there is no merit in any of the appeal arguments raised by Levin’s lawyer.

“The appeal accordingly is dismissed,” writes the three-member panel in a decision released Wednesday.

“We direct that Levin turn himself into custody within 48 hours after the filing of this judgment, failing which a warrant for his arrest will issue.”

The original allegations against Levin came to light in 2010 after one of his patients came forward with secret videos he had recorded during sessions with the psychiatrist.

The patient 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.

At the time of Levin’s convictions, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on four other charges.

The Crown retried Levin on two of them and last month a new jury was again unable to reach a consensus.

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 director for the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and was licensed in 1998 to practise psychiatry in Alberta.

Levin is no stranger to controversy over his work. He faced heated accusations about his time as a military psychiatrist during apartheid in South Africa, where he earned his degree in 1963.

In the 1970s, he was a psychiatrist at a military hospital where aversion therapy through electric shocks was allegedly used in an attempt to change the sexuality of gay soldiers. Levin is mentioned in a report that aimed to shed light on abuses of gays and lesbians in the military by health workers.

Highly Recommended: On Global News Canada  (includes Global News’ 16 x 9 report on Levin’s crimes in both South Africa and Canada) 

Sex-offending Calgary psychiatrist to begin jail term    Direct Link: http://globalnews.ca/news/1289441/sex-offending-calgary-psychiatrist-to-begin-jail-term/

In French – Radio Canada: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/alberta/2014/04/25/005-aubrey-levin-autorites.shtml L’ancien psychiatre Aubrey Levin se rend aux autorités”

PRISON SENTENCE COMMENCES

Disgraced psychiatrist Aubrey Levin begins prison sentence

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/crime-and-justice/Forensic+psychiatrist+Aubrey+Levin+reports+prison+sentence/9776940/story.html

The lawyer for disgraced former forensic psychiatrist Aubrey Levin hasn’t ruled out taking the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Levin turned himself in to the Calgary Remand Centre on Friday to begin serving a five-year prison sentence for sexually molesting three male patients.

“We’re considering our options,” defence counsel Chris Archer said afterwards.

Levin would first have to be given leave to go to the country’s top court, and it would have to be of sufficient national interest.

Crown prosecutor Shane Parker said he was advised by city police Levin reported to the holding jail in northwest Calgary at 8:45 a.m., just over an hour before the deadline imposed by the Alberta Court of Appeal in its dismissal of Levin’s appeal on Wednesday.

Parker said he was unaware whether Levin would be taken to Edmonton Institution to be classified or would go directly to another prison.

The prosecutor also hinted there may not be a third trial on two other similar charges, which recently ended in a second mistrial because a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

He said he will meet next week with his superiors to discuss the situation. It was always believed that if the three convictions were upheld, the other two would be stayed.

Levin, 74, was convicted of sexual assaults on the three men under his care between 2008 and 2010.

He had been out on bail pending the result of his conviction appeal heard last October, but the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed all of his grounds for being awarded a new trial and gave him 48 hours to turn himself in or they would have a warrant issued for his arrest.

Chief Justice Catherine Fraser and justices Carole Conrad and Bruce McDonald also dismissed an application by Levin’s lawyers to admit fresh evidence on appeal.

(For the rest of the story – follow the above link)

A fresh breath of some sense of justice at last….very late; but the sweetest feeling is that of having the mask of a hypocrite ripped apart to expose the lies, the lack of ethics and the incorrigible smug narcissism that lay within.