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05/15/2015 18:49 EDT | Updated 05/15/2016 01:12 EDT

Woman gets conditional sentence for trying to bribe juror in husband's trial

CALGARY - A Calgary woman has been handed an 18-month conditional sentence for trying to bribe a juror in her husband's sex assault trial.@#@#@#@#@#Erica Levin, who is 71, cried as the judge also ordered her to perform 180 hours of community service.@#@#@#@#@#The senior was convicted last year on a charge of obstruction of justice.@#@#@#@#@#A juror testified that she was offered $1,000 to find Dr. Aubrey Levin not guilty during his trial in 2013.@#@#@#@#@#The psychiatrist was eventually convicted on three counts of sexual assault against male patients.@#@#@#@#@#He was sentenced to five years in prison.@#@#@#@#@#Jurors at Erica Levin's trial were shown surveillance video of her approaching the juror at a light-rail transit platform near the courthouse and giving her a note.@#@#@#@#@#Levin told court the note did not contain money, but a suicide note. She testified she had gone to the station to throw herself in front of a train, but decided not to kill herself when she realized she needed to take care of her cat.@#@#@#@#@#The Crown accused her of lying and pointed out that she had other opportunities to kill herself if she had wanted to.@#@#@#@#@#Allegations against her husband surfaced in 2010 after a patient stepped forward with secret videos. Aubrey Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.@#@#@#@#@#The patient was on probation at the time the videos were taken and had been ordered by a court to see Levin twice a month.@#@#@#@#@#He said he had told authorities about previous assaults but no one believed him. So he bought a spy camera and took it to his appointments.@#@#@#@#@#(Global Calgary)