Rochester NY Psychiatrist William Lewek back in jail – parole violations


Democrat & Chronicle
William Lewek, who admitted to burying body, back in jail on parole violations
By Gary Craig
January 17, 2018

Psychiatrist William Lewek

Psychiatrist William Lewek

William Lewek, the former psychiatrist who admitted to burying the body of a dead man in his backyard, has been returned to jail on three parole violations.

Lewek, 66, is accused of possessing hydrocodone and failing to seek a mental health evaluation. There are two violations related to the mental health issue, according to Lewek’s attorney, Matthew Parrinello.

Lewek, who has lost his medical license, pleaded guilty in February 2015 to burying the body of 32-year-old Matthew Straton in the backyard of Lewek’s Rowley Street home. He was sentenced to 1⅓ to four years for tampering with evidence, the maximum penalty for the felony.

Lewek maintained that Straton died at Lewek’s home of an apparent drug overdose and that he panicked and buried Straton in his backyard.

He was released on parole in late December. He was charged with the parole violations on Jan. 9 and has been jailed since, records show.

State parole officials say that Lewek can have a preliminary hearing and then a “final revocation hearing” before an administrative law judge.

The law judge decides on discipline, with the maximum being revocation of parole and Lewek returning to prison.

Parrinello questioned the substance of some of the violations. He said Lewek was actively seeking a mental health evaluation, but was avoiding places where he previously worked because he thought it could pose a conflict for the providers.

Also, Parrinello said, there “was not a time frame for him to get the evaluations.”

Parrinello said corrections officials had indicated that they would assist Lewek with Medicaid eligibility upon release, but that did not happen and Lewek was also securing Medicaid assistance to cover the mandated evaluation.

Parrinello said he plans to meet with parole officials about the violations, and to inquire whether the hyrdrocodone was specifically prohibited.

“He’s got a significant amount of health issues,” Parrinello said.

The parole preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23, Parrinello said.

Rochester NY Psychiatrist William Lewek


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