BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s new information in the investigation into a Johns Hopkins gynecologist accused of secretly recording his patients.
Mike Hellgren has new details on the victims coming forward.
The director of a counseling center said they are getting calls from out of state and are starting group therapy sessions just for this doctor’s patients. That is how widespread this scandal has become.
WJZ has learned there could be more than 1,000 victims of gynecologist Nikita Levy as forensic investigators sift through computer servers and hard drives for images they believe the Hopkins doctor secretly captured inside exam rooms.
Levy used a camera hidden inside of a pen. The recordings are clear and can easily be stored on a micro SD card and transferred to a computer.
Stunned former patient Tera Johnson says she recommended Dr. Levy to friends.
“He was a nice man. He was a gentleman, sweet. He was kind, a professional,” she said. “But I guess behind closed doors, you never know what’s going on.”
His Maryland Board of Physicians profile shows no red flags–no disciplinary action, malpractice judgments or convictions for moral crimes.
In addition to the East Baltimore Medical Center, Dr. Levy also reportedly treated patients at the outpatient center on Caroline Street, which is also part of the Hopkins system.
The problems only surfaced three weeks ago when a co-worker noticed something suspicious and alerted security. Levy killed himself in the early stages of the investigation, leaving behind many unanswered questions: what was the motive? Was anyone else involved? Were the images distributed online?
“Some people are wondering whether there are other boundary violations that occurred during the course of these `examinations,'” said lawyer Jonathan Schochor.
Several lawsuits have already been filed.
Police warn the investigation could take months.
Hopkins has refused interview requests.
Levy reportedly left a suicide note apologizing to his wife. He worked for Johns Hopkins for more than 20 years.