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Psychiatrist Accused of Molesting Boys is Committed to Napa State

By Bay City News Service.

A San Mateo psychiatrist who was charged with molesting seven male patients in the early 1990s has been committed to .

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge John Grandsaert ordered 79-year-old William Ayres to surrender himself into custody at Napa State within 30 days, according to the district attorney's office.

Prosecutors had asked the court to immediately order Ayres into custody, but Grandsaert allowed the defendant a 30-day window to prepare himself because of his complicated medical issues.

On Aug. 22, the district attorney's office conceded that Ayres, who suffers from dementia, would not be mentally fit to aid in his own defense in what would likely have been a lengthy trial on the molestation charges.

Ayres, the former head of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, had been charged with nine counts of performing lewd acts on seven boys during counseling sessions that took place between 1991 and 1996.

A criminal trial in the summer of 2009 ended with a hung jury, but prosecutors decided to retry the case.

The criminal proceedings were suspended when Ayres' attorney,
Jonathan McDougall, questioned his client's competency due to the onset of dementia.

A jury trial to determine Ayres' competency was held in June, with
jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of finding the defendant incompetent.

Ayres will be required to spend a minimum of six months in custody
at Napa State before hospital staff and the court can recommend any
other type of custody arrangement.

If his competency is restored -- which is unlikely, given the progressive nature of dementia -- Ayres would return to San Mateo County to
face a criminal trial, according to the district attorney's office.

By Bay City News Service.

cynthia September 11, 2011 at 02:53 PM
This just proves that kids are not safe around anyone including doctors, priests, coaches, teachers, counselors, and the list goes on and on. In my opinion pedophiles like him deserve to pay for their crimes in prison because they always re-offend. He is getting off scott free by going to Napa instead of prison. He used his position as a psychiatrist to abuse innocent children and rob them of their childhood. His victims are not getting any type of justice in this judgement. I would like to share a post recently written by a sexual abuse victim which broke my heart.http://www.peoplesinsight.com/articles/5-my-childhood/206-sexually-abused-as-a-child
Deep Sounding... September 13, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Louisa, I'm a victim of william ayres, and as such, I prefer to remain anonymous. I use the name "Deep Sounding" as a regular and known pseudonym. Most press publications allow anonymous comments from victims of childhood sexual molestation in their news stories even when such people are adults. I find it somewhat disingenuous that you would delete my post, and yet post my pseudonym, leaving the impression that I have posted something out of sort, or so vile that it needs to be deleted. If your only problem is that my name doesn't seem like a "real name," then I'll just make up a real sounding name and post again. Seem like a silly policy, given that my post contains only facts that are verifiable in other online news publications and from reports provided by professional private investigators, while others who post here can't necessarily back their facts. Shame on you, and your "Bogus screen name" comment.
Deep Sounding... September 13, 2011 at 04:22 AM
You have no way of knowing who "cynthia" is either. Neither can you verify her claim that child molesters always "re-offend" nor that "He used his position as a psychiatrist to abuse innocent children." I'll say it more plainly: This has nothing to do with my "name" It has to do with a message that you don't want printed.
Deep Sounding... September 13, 2011 at 04:40 AM
That ayres is faking his dementia (the public can judge this for themselves by watching the videos and reading the private investigator's report) , that the DA and the courts don't want ayres found guilty, because he evaluated cases for decades for the DA and the Courts as the low bid contractor, and that juvenile cases that he evaluated could (probably should) be held for judicial review because he could have submitted bogus reports claiming either positive or negative evaluations based on how his patients performed for him in the privacy of his office. This could cost the county millions of dollars, just in judicial review costs. Even the San Mateo County Times print edition called the court's moving of hearings "Suspicious" after both the Court and the DA gave incorrect hearing times to the press and a county supervisor, and then held the hearing so that it was finished before they showed up. As to the claims I made (which you deleted) about the nature ayres' dementia deception, the private investigators report have been reported on extensively by the mainstream press and clips were even televised on the local TV news. I still don't buy your claim that you deleted my comment because of my name. Perhaps you didn't like that I provided a link to my blog where people can find the private investigator's report and youtube clips of ayres' deception. Fine... let people search for it then...
Deep Sounding... September 13, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Then I'll say it again: You have no way of knowing who "cynthia" is either. Neither can you verify her claim that child molesters always "re-offend" nor that "He used his position as a psychiatrist to abuse innocent children."

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