Patient molested by doc after suicide bid, court told

Dr. Aubrey Levin, a Calgary psychiatrist leaves the Calgary Court Centre June 2, 2011. JIM...

Dr. Aubrey Levin, a Calgary psychiatrist leaves the Calgary Court Centre June 2, 2011. JIM WELLS/QMI AGENCY

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

CALGARY -- Often breaking down in sobs, a former patient of Dr. Aubrey Levin's testified Thursday how he was molested while being treated following a suicide attempt.

The man, who can't be identified, told a Calgary court he was already seeing Levin as part of a five-week program to deal with mental health issues when he had a breakdown.

"I wanted to kill myself and I wrapped some computer cables around my neck and I tried to kill myself," the burly witness told court, breaking down in tears.

"There was too much going on," he said, repeatedly wiping his eyes with a tissue.

He was taken to Rockyview Hospital, where he'd been seeing Levin as an outpatient, before being transferred to Peter Lougheed Centre.

He learned Levin had a permanent office there and he began seeing him.

But during a Dec. 15, 2009, after-hours visit, Levin suggested the patient's partner might be cheating on him and he should examine him for sexually transmitted diseases.

In a separate examining room, the doctor had the man remove his pants and underwear and began examining his privates, the witness said.

"That's the room he took me to, where he touched me," he told Crown attorney Bill Wister, as he looked at a photo booklet.

He admitted continuing to see Levin until the doctor told him in March 2010 he would no longer be his psychiatrist.

"He was always quick with the compliments ... 'you're a handsome man,' 'you're a big burly brute,'" the witness said.

Under cross-examination, defence counsel Chris Archer suggested the patient had an ulterior motive for the sex assault allegations -- a $400,000 lawsuit against the doctor.

Levin, 73, faces 10 charges of sexual assault involving male patients dating back to 1999.

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