Daily Union Staff Writer
Former Shelbyville physician Jack Levine was arrested in Waverly, Ohio, last week on a charge of third-degree sexual imposition after a patient complained to authorities there.
Levine, 51, appeared in Pike County Court on Wednesday and was released, according to the Pike County Sheriff's Office. The arrest resulted from a joint investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Ohio Medical Board over the last several weeks, according to a sheriff's office statement.
Levine, currently has privileges to practice general and gynecological surgery at Pike Community Hospital in Waverly.
In a statement released after a press conference Friday, Sheriff Larry D. Travis said the investigation began Nov. 30, after he met with a woman who said she had been a patient of Levine's for several months and had been having problems with him.
Sheriff's investigators also interviewed the woman. "She further advised that at an initial appointment, an unknown female was leaving his office and making statements that the 'doctor was nothing but a sex addict’," The complainant further stated that during an office visit, “Dr. Levine had unwanted sexual contact with her,” Travis said.
The sheriff did not identify the woman or release further details of her complaint.
Ohio's charge of sexual imposition relates to unwanted sexual advances, though not necessarily physical ones, according to that state's statues. It is a misdemeanor III.
Levine was chief of staff at Shelby Memorial Hospital from January 2004 until early this year. He was recently named as a defendant in a wrongful death suit brought by the daughter of the late Dona Ogilvie, who died after a colonoscopy at Shelby Memorial two years ago.
“Dr. Levine was a contract employee, and at the end of his contract, it was not renewed," said Shelby Memorial Administrator John Bennett.
Levine came to Shelbyville in 2001, shortly after leaving Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Levine faced at least six lawsuits while he was an attending physician there, between 1994 and 2001, according to The West Virginia Record.
Five of the cases against Levine were closed or dismissed for various reasons, the newspaper reported. A sixth is still pending. It was brought by Ralph A. Barcus of Gallipolis, Ohio, who claims Levine failed to totally remove a catheter from his chest in May 2001 after originally inserting it in November 1999.
The seven-count lawsuit in Shelbyville was filed in Shelby County Circuit Court on Oct. 24 against Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelby Area Ambulance Service, Arnold V. Agapito M. and Levine.
Ogilvie, who lived at 414 S. Morgan St., Apartment 508 in Shelbyville, died at Decatur Memorial Hospital on Nov. 10, 2005, following a colonoscopy performed by Levine at Shelby Memorial on Oct. 24.
Levine was named as a respondent in discovery in the lawsuit to provide information as to why a colonoscopy was ordered, why he continued the procedure even after encountering complications and why the patient's colon was perforated.
A motion to dismiss has been filed in the lawsuit and is scheduled to be heard at 10 a.m., Jan. 10.