Prominent Calgary psychiatrist facing sex assault charge

 

 
 
 
 
Aubrey Levin is taken into custody by Calgary Police Service on Tuesday. March 23, 2010.
 

Aubrey Levin is taken into custody by Calgary Police Service on Tuesday. March 23, 2010.

Photograph by: Ted Jacob, Calgary Herald

CALGARY — A prominent Calgary psychiatrist has been charged with sexual assault after allegations surfaced from one of his patients, a 36-year-old man.

Calgary police announced the charges against Aubrey Levin late Tuesday night following an investigation by the sex crimes unit that began just days ago.

The psychiatrist's license has been suspended by the province's medical regulatory body.

Levin, 71, an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary who is listed as a clinical psychiatrist at Peter Lougheed Centre, was taken into police custody Tuesday afternoon.

He is charged with one count of sexual assault.

Police allege the sexual assaults happened repeatedly with the longtime patient.

Levin, who has testified regularly in court as a witness for the prosecution in his profession as a forensic psychiatrist, declined to comment as plainclothes officers led him into the arrest processing unit early Tuesday evening.

"I would love to," said Levin, who wasn't handcuffed.

"I wish I could."

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta suspended Levin over concerns for patient safety, a spokeswoman said.

"We have suspended him pending a full investigation," said college spokeswoman Kelly Eby. "He is not allowed to provide medical care or work with patients."

Eby said the college received information Friday and suspended Levin that evening.

"We did an initial investigation and that led us to believe there was a patient safety risk and therefore we suspended him."

Levin is listed as a clinical professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Calgary, but officials say he is no longer teaching.

He was first licensed as a psychiatrist in South Africa in 1969, according to his resume from 2000.

He was licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan in 1995, and then by Alberta's college in 1998.

Eby said Levin has a clean record.

"Our role is to balance the safety of the public and to ensure the physician gets a fair trial," she said.

In the 2000 resume, Levin lists himself as a consultant for the Correctional Service of Canada, working with parolees.

He also lists himself as a consultant with the Calgary Correctional Centre, where he hosted weekly clinics.

Levin spent three years with the federal correctional service's Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, first as a staff psychiatrist and then as the institution's chief of psychiatry.

dtetley@theherald.canwest.com

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Aubrey Levin is taken into custody by Calgary Police Service on Tuesday. March 23, 2010.
 

Aubrey Levin is taken into custody by Calgary Police Service on Tuesday. March 23, 2010.

Photograph by: Ted Jacob, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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