October 15, 2012
Doctor's test 'inappropriate', court told
By Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun
CALGARY -- The former Calgary psychiatrist accused of molesting male patients told police he often performed a medical technique where he manipulated individuals' privates.
But a urologist called by the Crown said secret video taken by one of the alleged victims wasn't close to being the procedure Dr. Aubrey Levin described to a sex-crimes investigator.
Instead, Dr. Ethan Grober said, what Levin was captured doing was not an acceptable test for erectile dysfunction.
"What I saw (on the video) was a prolonged ... fondling of the penis," Grober told a Calgary jury on Monday.
"This was not a simple elicitation of a reflex."
Levin, in a March 23, 2010, interview with Det. Dave Burke, said he often performed bulbocavernosus reflex (BCR) testing on patients to determine if they had erectile dysfunction.
"If the reaction is immediate ... then you can tell (there's no dysfunction)," Levin told Burke, after the first of the 10 complainants came forward to police.
"If it doesn't (cause an immediate reaction) then one does it until such time as one sees that there is a reaction."
Levin, 73, faces 10 charges of sexual assault on allegations dating back to 1999.
Grober, a Toronto-based urologist, said the video he viewed, which was taped by one of the alleged victims on March 16, 2010, was inappropriate conduct by the accused.
"Never would I feel it's appropriate for a physician to initiate an erection," Grober told Crown attorney Bill Wister.
"Is it your opinion that this was in fact a BCR test?" Wister asked.
"No," Grober said. "It is never a doctor-assisted event."
Under cross-examination, Grober told defence lawyer Alain Hepner he'd never seen medical testing for erectile dysfunction in the nature of what Levin did.
"What I saw on that video was outside of any standard of practice that I'm aware of," he said.
In his conversation with Burke, Levin wouldn't speak directly about the allegations by the patient who took the video, but went into great details about the medical test for erectile dysfunction.
The former psychiatrist with the South African military said he learned the technique from an expert in his homeland.
His trial continues Tuesday.