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Johns Hopkins gynecologist hid camera in pen to film patients

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Feb. 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM   |   Comments

Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A female coworker became suspicious of a pen Dr. Nikita Levy wore around his neck all the time. She notified security and told them Levy was wearing the pen while seeing patients. The next day, multiple recording devices were found in his office.

Police searched his home and found hard drives and servers with patients' pictures on them. Since Levy was caught, more than 2,00 former patients have contacted city police to find out if they were victims.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says authorities are "looking to see if perhaps Dr. Levy sold this material online, if he partnered with anyone else." Levy was found dead in his home shortly after his dismissal from the hospital.

Two lawsuits have been filed against Johns Hopkins so far, claiming the hospital failed to protect patients from Dr. Levy "photographing and videotaping these patients of his in an open and obvious manner such that an employee could see that."

Johns Hopkins, in a letter to patients, says, “Today, we stand humbled by the events and tragic circumstances that involve the patients and community we serve. We want to assure our patients that their privacy, safety and well-being are our priority.”

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