Children’s Hospital, Former Doctor Hit With Sex Abuse Lawsuit

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A lawsuit on behalf of several men alleges that a former pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston performed medically unnecessary genital examinations on them when they were children.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

The medical malpractice and sexual abuse suit filed Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court alleges that Melvin Levine, while a doctor at the hospital from 1966 to 1985, inappropriately touched the children and that the hospital failed to properly supervise him.

Levine, who now lives in North Carolina, agreed two years ago to stop practicing medicine in any state after facing similar allegations there.

Children’s Hospital said in a statement that it received one complaint against Levine while he worked there, which was dismissed.

“A complaint made to the hospital after Dr. Levine left Children’s was investigated and his actions were found to be appropriate within the context of the child’s medical needs. The case subsequently went to trial and the court dismissed the claims against Dr. Levine,” the hospital said.

It also denied any cover-up.

“They should have known because his activities with children were so unusual and they were so pervasive,” said attorney Carmen Durso, who represents the alleged victims.

Levine did not immediately return a message. He has previously denied any wrongdoing.

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