Doctor Aubrey Levin
South Africa’s infamous gay torture doctor Aubrey Levin has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting three male patients in Canada.
The Calgary Sun reported that Levin (74) received the five years federal prison sentence on Thursday after Justice Donna Shelley slammed the disgraced doctor for his actions.
“What is clear is that Dr. Levin, knowing of the many vulnerabilities of these victims, employed a strategy which would give him the opportunity to sexually assault his patients,” she said.
“These three men were already emotionally and psychologically fragile. Your actions in sexually assaulting them constitutes horrible violations of the trust that these three patients placed in you as their psychiatrist,” the judge added.
Levin’s lawyers immediately announced that they would file appeals against the guilty conviction and the five year sentence.
The damaging evidence against Levin in the trial included graphic video footage that was secretly filmed by a patient showing Levin massaging the 38-year-old man’s genitals for 14 minutes.
Levin claimed that the fondling was actually a medical procedure to treat his patients’ erectile dysfunction.
While prosecutors asked for an eight year prison sentence Justice Shelley said she only gave Levin five years because of his age and frail state.
During the 70s and 80s, Levin, dubbed “Dr. Shock”, oversaw a controversial apartheid-era programme that attempted to change the sexual orientation of gay soldiers in the infamous Ward 22 at the Voortrekkerhoogte military hospital in Pretoria.
Levin is alleged to have used electric shock therapy, hormone treatment, chemical castration and “sex change” surgery to “cure” homosexual conscripts.
In the 90s, Levin fled to Canada where he set up practice as a psychiatrist. He managed to avoid his past being revealed in Canada by threatening anyone who tried to do so with lawsuits.
Levin’s wife Erica (69) is now also facing criminal charges for contempt of court after she allegedly tried to bribe a juror in January with a cash-filled envelope during his trial.