Authorities: Doctor Suspected of Recording Patients Killed Himself

Accused gynecologist found dead Monday

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    A trusted gynecologist in Maryland is accused of secretly videotaping his patients. There s new information into the scope of this investigation and hundreds of potential victims have already come forward. Investigators tell Jim Rosenfield how they re trying to figure what was done with the graphic images. (Published Thursday, Feb 21, 2013)

    A gynecologist suspected of secretly recording exams committed suicide by putting a plastic bag around his head and attaching it to a tank of helium.

    Dr. Nikita Levy killed himself as he was under investigation for allegedly taking secret pictures and videos of his patients.

    WBAL-AM reported that the Maryland medical examiner's office ruled that asphyxiation was the cause of death. Police have also confirmed that Levy left a suicide note addressed to his family.

    Meanwhile, attorney Jonathan Schochor says he plans to sue the hospital over Levy's behavior. Schochor's law firm won a more than $120 million case against Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley, who was convicted of sexually abusing patients and videotaping the encounters.

    Hundreds of women have called a hotline set up by Johns Hopkins hospital for Levy's patients, Baltimore police said Wednesday.

    Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Wednesday that investigators found “a multitude of multimedia” as evidence of the recordings.

    Johns Hopkins said in a statement on its website that officials began investigating Levy after an employee reported that he had been taking pictures and videos of his patients. The noted hospital said it told police and fired Levy on Feb. 8.

    Guglielmi said investigators, including federal, are trying to see if anyone else was involved and if the recordings have been posted to the Internet or sold.

    The number for the hotline is 855-546-3785. Patients can also call the police hotline at 410-396-2269.