Aubrey Levin (born December 18, 1938) was a professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Calgary until March 2010, when his license was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and a convicted sex offender.
Levin was first licensed as a psychiatrist in South Africa in 1969. He was a Colonel in the South African Defence Force (SADF), as well as the chief psychiatrist at the Voortrekkerhoogte military hospital during the 1970s, during which time he was the attending psychiatrist at Greefswald, an isolated detention barracks where harsh conditions were supposed to 'cure' conscripts of supposed 'vices' and conscientious objections. He rose to notoriety for his work on an aversion therapy medical program which attempted to cure gays and lesbians of homosexuality. After the end of apartheid, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard testimony regarding the controversial nature of the aversion project Levin ran while in the SADF.
Levin later left South Africa and was licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1995, and then by Alberta's college in 1998. In March 2010 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta suspended Levin's license over accusations of abuse after a male patient secretly filmed the psychiatrist allegedly making sexual advances.
A pre-trial hearing determined that, although in the early stages of dementia, Levin was still fit to stand trial. July 2010, police announce that 20 other men have come forward, claiming they were assaulted by Levin during counseling sessions. On October 11, 2012 Levin went to trial at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. The Crown decided to go ahead with nine of the original 21 cases. During the trial, a jury was shown the graphic secretly-recorded video of Levin touching a patient, which had been secretly recorded on the patient's camera wristwatch. On January 28, 2013, a jury found Dr. Levin guilty of three charges of sexual assault against male patients, not guilty of two other charges of sexual assault, while a mistrial was declared in reference to a further four counts. February 7, 2013 police arrest Dr. Levin’s wife Erica Levin, 69, and charge her with obstruction of justice alleging she attempted to bribe a juror in the Levin trial. The juror said she was approached on a train platform in January and offered $1000 or $10,000 in a white envelope, to bring in a not-guilty verdict. The juror informed police and was subsequently dismissed. Despite a 5 year prison sentence Levin was released on $15,000 bail on February 13, 2013. The judge says that, since his license to practice medicine has been suspended, he is “not a danger to the public.”. Levin awaits an appeal (Sept.2013).
- birthdate according to his statement to Calgary police
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