He says he will never forget the first time his psychiatrist molested him.
Fresh out of detention and on parole, Dr. Aubrey Levin’s patient, who can only be identified as R.B., was court-ordered to continue to see the psychiatrist who treated him while he was in prison.
They met in Levin’s office at the Peter Lougheed Centre, part of Alberta Health Services. After writing out a prescription for anti-depressants, R.B says Levin told him that he had to examine him.
“As soon as he came around, he started touching my stomach and undid my pants and then pulled down my shorts and then he started fondling me and feeling me and telling me about sensitive areas,” says R.B.
At first R.B. thought Levin was trying to help him. But when successive visits ended in Levin showing him pages of genitalia and then laying him down on a table to examine him, RB says he realized he was being molested. The problem was, he didn’t know how to put a stop to it.
“I started to think, no one is ever going to believe me,” says R.B. “No one will ever believe me over him. In a million years, never.”
R.B. had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and depression and the court required him to see the psychiatrist twice a month. He felt trapped. On the matter of assault, he said, it was his word, against that of a well-known and respected psychiatrist and professor.
“The choice was see Dr. Levin or go back to jail,” says R.B.’s lawyer Richard Edwards.
According to Edwards, both the hospital and Calgary police overlooked earlier red flags about Levin’s questionable behavior. Edwards also claims the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons was negligent in not investigating Levin.
It was only in 2010, when R.B.produced secretly-recorded video of Levin fondling him, that police took action. Once the case became public 20 other men came forward with allegations of assault. Earlier this year Levin was found guilty by a jury of sexually assaulting three men.
R.B., whom the court found was assaulted 18 times, just wants to try and rebuild the life that he says Levin destroyed.
“He knew all too well the damage he was causing. He didn’t care,” says R.B. “I’ll never know what my life could have been like.”
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