Dr. Levin's wife charged with contempt after allegedly attempting to bribe a juror
Published Friday, January 25, 2013 11:55AM MST
Last Updated Friday, January 25, 2013 5:57PM MST
As the jury deliberates the fate of Dr. Aubrey Levin, the psychiatrist's wife, Erica Levin, has been placed under house arrest following allegations of jury tampering.
Erica Levin faces a charge of contempt.
Dr. Aubrey Levin is charged with nine counts of sexual assault stemming from men who were former patients of his, court ordered into his care after their release from jail.
The trial began in October and was originally slated for six weeks but the proceedings have been plagued with problems, including Levin firing his lawyer, representing himself, and dismissing one of the jurors.
His defence team even attempted to delay proceedings due to his failing health, claiming the man has diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, reduced renal function, and chronic back pain.
Levin was arrested back in March 2010 and suspended after the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons received several complaints about his conduct.
Another patient of Dr. Levin said he was glad that someone came forward to testify against him.
He says that he was dealing with a gambling addiction and he felt that something wasn’t right when Levin was asking him what he thought were inappropriate questions.
"I didn't want him to write anything negative about me. So I pretty much kept quiet through the whole ordeal and the next time I came forward I was going to bring a tape recorder and record everything he was going to say, just to protect myself,' says the patient.
The alleged victim in the case says that no one believed him about the issue with Levin.
It was only when he took a hidden camera in to tape a therapy session that authorities started to take notice.
The judge gave final instructions to the jury on Friday and they will be sequestered until a verdict is reached.
Levin has been stripped of his credentials for the duration of the proceedings against him.
With files from CTVNews.ca