Psychiatrist accused of hiding body in court

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – A psychiatrist accused of hiding a man’s body faced a Rochester judge Wednesday morning.

William Lewek, who practiced psychiatry from his Rochester home and had worked in Orleans County, pleaded not guilty to charges of evidence tampering and possession of a controlled substance.

The body of Matthew Straton , who had been missing and the subject of a wide search which began in October, was discovered in the backyard of the doctor’s home in January.

The court was packed with family and friends of Straton who want answers to how Matthew died.

The investigation is ongoing and officials are still waiting for the final results of an autopsy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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