Sex abuse doctor blames SA technique

2012-10-17 09:34
Dr Aubrey Levin File, (Beeld)

Dr Aubrey Levin File, (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting 10 patients in Canada claimed in court that he was merely using a treatment technique learned in South Africa, the Calgary Herald reported this week.

Aubrey Levin, 73, said in a Calgary court on Monday that he used bulbocavernosus reflex (BVR) testing, normally a urology procedure, while trying to cure the patients of erectile problems.

The Calgary Herald quoted an extract from Levin's police interrogation.

"When I worked in South Africa we did just about everything," Levin said. "Some would say it was... the land of medical cowboys. Because we used to learn to do everything."

He claimed he did not refer the patients to urologists for the treatment because in Calgary there was often up to a nine-month waiting period.

A Toronto-based expert medical witness testified that Levin was not performing BVR in footage one of the complainants took of the alleged assault using a spy camera.

"This was not a simple elicitation of reflex but a long repeated fondling or massage of the penis," Dr Ethan Grober said.

Grober said BVR treatment does not involve long massaging or fondling of the penis but was actually a brief physical check.

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