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Pediatrician accused of molesting patients commits suicide

Posted February 23, 2011

— A nationally known pediatrician and author who was accused of fondling young boys committed suicide at his Orange County home last week, authorities said.

Orange County deputies found Dr. Mel Levine dead at his Rougemont home following a Feb. 18 search, authorities said. Levine's wife called deputies after finding a suicide note, and she told them she hadn't seen her husband for several days.

A number of former patients sued Levine, alleging that he improperly conducted genital examinations on them when he worked in Boston. He denied any wrongdoing but agreed two years ago to surrender his medical license in North Carolina.

Levine was widely known for his work on developmental and learning issues for children, working through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his nonprofit All Kinds of Minds, which has worked with school teachers to help them understand different learning styles.

He had retired from UNC as a professor of pediatrics before the accusations surfaced.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 24, 2011

    I missed it in the story...but what church was this guy a leader of?

  • paulawindley Feb 23, 2011

    I meant sorry... really sorry...

  • paulawindley Feb 23, 2011

    I feel soryy fo his wife...

  • meta4csw Feb 23, 2011

    It's not that hard, in the midst of such turmoil, the need to defend himself knowing there's no way to absolutely prove it either way after all these years, to just feel like everyone would be better of with you dead. This man broke tremendous ground in his field. There is absolutely no way to prove or disprove the perceptions of the boys after all this time. Maybe he figured his wife would be better off without having to go through a draining experience of a trial. Maybe he just figured, in his depressed condition, that everyone will be better off. Doesn't mean he was guilty. There's no basis for such a statement or conclusion if you know anything about suicide.

  • tar97heel Feb 23, 2011

    "tar97heel.....does the 97 refer to how many times you post per story that wral writes?
    February 23, 2011 3:35 p.m."

    Pretty much! Since there are about 20 ignorant comments posted here for every sensible one, somebody has to stand up for the other side

  • uncw05 Feb 23, 2011

    kbo80- you are failing to take into account that not everyone thinks like you. Some people are such "people pleasers" who always want everyone to love them and think they are wonderful, that even if they went through the trial and were found innocent, can't bear the idea of facing people who believed they had done it. Everyone has their own thresholds and triggers. Just because yours isn't set at people thinking you did something you didn't doesn't mean that everyone's isn't.

  • chris01236 Feb 23, 2011

    tar97heel.....does the 97 refer to how many times you post per story that wral writes?

  • wildcat Feb 23, 2011

    Parents protect your children. Its your right to do so and your children depend on you to.

  • wildcat Feb 23, 2011

    It apparently has not applied to male doctors examining boys."

    In this case the father or mother should have been in the exam room. Its there kid and they have the right to have been there.

  • tar97heel Feb 23, 2011

    Wow "Tar97Heel", calm down, sounds as if someone struck a nerve there. Is there something you've been repressing? Something you'd like to get off your chest?
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    February 23, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    Yeah, presumption and fileting someone without due process, which our country is founded on, does strile a nerve with me. As an American, it should strike a nerve with you too