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Gynecologist found dead after recording probe

Tuesday - 2/19/2013, 5:45am  ET

Editor's Note: Were you a former patient of Dr. Nikita Levy who is willing to tell your story? Contact WTOP reporter Andrew Mollenbeck at amollenbeck@wto p.com

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- A former Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist suspected of secretly recording patients has been found dead at his Towson home.

Police say 54-year-old Dr. Nikita Levy is believed to have committed suicide.

Johns Hopkins officials said in a statement that they began investigating Levy earlier this month after an employee reported that he had been using personal equipment to take pictures and videos of his patients. Levy was suspended and police were notified. Hospital officials say Levy acknowledged his conduct and was fired on Feb. 8.

Baltimore police have assigned sex offense detectives to the case.

"There's no hiding the fact that we believe there are a large number of victims that could possibly be affected, and there is an extremely substantial amount of evidence that we have to comb through forensically," Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says.

Since receiving his medical license in 1988, Levy saw more than 1,000 patients, police say. Investigators will contact patients identified as potential victims.

Police are also likely to subpoena records and examine patient records.

"It's important that people know that they were victimized," Guglielmi says. "I think that individuals have a right to know that."

Police have set up a hotline to connect with potential victims. That number is 410-396-2269.

Johns Hopkins says it has set up a call center for Levy's patients and the hospital is conducting its own investigation. The call center number is 855-546-3785. A statement from the hospital says "any invasion of patient privacy is intolerable."

Counseling services are also available from an organization dedicated to treating victims of sexual assaults and domestic violence. That number is 443-279-0379.

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report. Follow @MollenbeckWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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