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Judge instructs jurors in Calgary psychiatrist sexual assault trial

Associated Press

CALGARY - The judge in the sex assault trial of a Calgary psychiatrist has told the jury that believing he is likely or probably guilty isn't enough to convict him.

Dr. Aubrey Levin, 73, is accused of sexually assaulting nine of his patients, all of whom were assigned to him through the courts between 1999 and 2010.

In her charge to the jury, Justice Donna Shelley says a guilty plea is only possible if the Crown proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

She told the jury that Levin doesn't have to prove a thing and is to be presumed innocent.

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.

He served briefly as regional director for the federal Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and was licensed in 1998 to practise psychiatry in Alberta.

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