Friday, June 27, 2014

Bulletin: Former forensic psychiatrist loses appeal of five year term for sexual assault on patients. He is now attempting to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada; Calgary Sun;

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STORY: "Aubrey Levin's five-year sentence upheld by Alberta Court of Appeal." published by the Calgary Sun on June 24, 2014.

GIST: "Noting he committed an “egregious breach of trust” and abused his position of power over his patients, Alberta’s top court Tuesday upheld Dr. Aubrey Levin’s five-year sentence. “We cannot say that the global sentence of imprisonment for five years is unreasonable,” Justice Carole Conrad said, in handing down the court’s unanimous ruling. “Five years is not out of the range of reasonable sentences,” Conrad said.........Levin is appealing his three convictions to the Supreme Court, but the nation’s high court rarely hears sentence appeals."

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See Wikipedia account:  "Aubrey Levin,  (born December 18, 1938)[1] 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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In March 2010 the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta suspended Levin's license[6] over accusations of abuse after a male patient secretly filmed the psychiatrist allegedly making sexual advances.[4]"


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