02/13/2013 07:39 EST | Updated 02/13/2013 07:48 EST

Aubrey Levin Granted Bail While He Appeals Sex Assault Conviction


CALGARY _ A Calgary psychiatrist found guilty of sexually assaulting three patients has been granted bail while he appeals his conviction.

Aubrey Levin was sentenced to five years in prison in January after a jury found him guilty of molesting three male patients who were ordered by the court to see him.

The 74-year-old doctor initially faced charges involving nine different men, but was acquitted on two charges, and had a mistrial ordered for four others.

Under conditions of his bail, Levin will be under house arrest from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and cannot leave the province without permission.

The judge also imposed deadlines to ensure Levin's appeal moves as quickly as possible and set a tentative date of Oct. 11.

Levin's lawyers filed an appeal shortly after his sentencing, alleging the trial judge pressured jury members to reach a verdict when they were deadlocked.

Levin's lawyers also are arguing in their appeal that the judge also failed to order the Crown to release relevant information to their case.