Class Action: Ex-Children's Hospital Doc Charged With Sex Abuse Of Patients

A class action lawsuit filed this morning against former Children's Hospital doctor Melvin Levine alleges that he sexually abused young patients under his care, The Boston Globe reports.

The suit, filed by attorney Carmen Durso, alleges that Dr. Melvin D. Levine committed medical malpractice and sexual abuse and the hospital was negligent in failing to properly supervise him in more than 40 cases over 20 years. According to the lawsuit, those plaintiffs have alleged that Levine performed genital examinations on them that were not medically indicated.
The suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, also said it sought to represent the entire group of children examined by Levine during the period 1966 through 1985, estimating that he treated approximately 5,000 boys during that period.

See the complaint here.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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