Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bulletin: Dr. Aubrey Levin: Former forensic psychiatrist faces sentencing hearing on sexual assault convictions. His lawyer seeks 60-90 days to be served on weekends Crown seeks 6-8 years in penitentiary. Judge to pass sentence Thursday morning. CP.

STORY: "Aubrey Levin trial: Calgary psychatrist to face sentencing," by  Canadian Press reporter Bill Graveland, published in the Huffington Post on January 30, 2013.

GIST:  "A psychiatrist convicted of sex assaulting his court-appointed patients was depicted Wednesday as both a frail senior who would suffer in prison and a predatory offender who must be punished. Dr. Aubrey Levin's defence lawyer said his 74-year-old client would be at high risk in jail because he is frail and in ill health. Chris Archer told a sentencing hearing that Levin should serve a sentence of between 60 and 90 days on weekends. Levin was found guilty on Monday of sexually assaulting three patients who had been ordered to see him by the courts. Archer read a letter from Levin's rabbi that said Levin is respected and loved and a jail term would be a death sentence. The letter also said that all the good the psychiatrist has done in his life has not been erased by the bad. The defence characterized the sex assaults as minor and suggested Levin's greatest crime is a breach of trust. But that broken trust is what aggravates the severity of the offences, said prosecutor Dallas Sopko, who called for six to eight years behind bars. The judge will pass sentence Thursday morning.cSopko pointed out that more than 20 assaults occurred. He argued there are no mitigating factors. One of the victims, who is still in custody, sat shackled in the prisoner's docket after receiving permission to watch the entire hearing."

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