Jury to decide fate of Calgary psychiatrist accused of sexual assault
January 25, 2013
CALGARY - Jurors will be charged on Friday with determining a verdict in the trial of a Calgary psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting several of his patients.
It has been over three months since the trial for Dr. Aubrey Levin began.
He’s facing ten counts of sexually abusing nine of his patients.
The Crown alleges the abuse took place over 11 years from 1999 to 2010, including some patients who were court-ordered to see Levin.
In his final arguments, Crown prosecutor Bill Wister told the jury the alleged victims were sitting ducks, and were the last people on earth a psychiatrist would expect to speak out.
During the trial, the jury viewed graphic video the chief complainant said was secretly recorded, showing allegedly inappropriate contact from Levin.
The man who took the video says he was assaulted by Levin numerous times during court-ordered counseling sessions.
Levin has said he was conducting an examination to check for sexual dysfunction.
The 73-year-old was found physically able to stand trial, but his lawyers argued that he has dementia and does not understand the justice system.
His defence lawyer Chris Archer has told the jury the nine men who accuse him of sexual assault are motivated by money and have fabricated their allegations.
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