Accused Molester Seeks Release from Napa State

William Ayres was accused of molesting seven young male patients in the early 1990s, but his advancing dementia put a halt to court proceedings and he was ordered to Napa State last fall.

A hearing has been set in San Mateo County Superior Court to determine whether a San Mateo psychiatrist charged with molesting male patients should be released from where he was committed last year.

, 80, was ordered to to Napa State within 30 days on Sept. 7, 2011, after he was found mentally unfit to stand 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 2011, with jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of finding the defendant incompetent.

Ayres was required to spend a minimum of six months in custody at Napa State Hospital 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.

On Friday, a judge set a hearing for April 27 on the defense motion for out-patient treatment. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Bay City News Service contributed to this article. 

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Vanissa February 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
He was a psychiatrist who knows how to play the system in my opinion. I don't buy this nan's story of dementia who could not stand trial. He deserves to stay where he is for the rest of his life. What a very sick person who does not need to be release in our society.
Matt Jackson February 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
If he has dementia, it would be best to keep him in there. My grandmother just passed from it-the last few days she was not herself. My grandma was not a monster-he is and it's just not worth letting him out. Sorry. An evil, evil man.
Alison February 28, 2012 at 01:12 PM
The William Ayres blog is reporting that a victim alleged that when he was 12 in 1978, Ayres gave him alcohol laced with a drug and then raped him. The victim told his rehab counselor years later that Ayres made a bargain with him, "If you let me do this to you, I will make sure you don't go to juvenile hall." http://williamayreswatch.blogspot.com/2012/02/anonymous-ayres-victim-one-year-ago.html#comments In the province of Alberta in the case of psychiatrist Dr.Aubrey Levin, who molested young men sent to him through the courts, the government went back and looked at every court case Levin had worked on. So many of his victims were referred to him through the courts. These cases were overturned. As the San Mateo DA's office hired Ayres to evaluate boys, as well as the courts, the private defenders and Children's Services, why hasn't an entity in San Mateo County done a similar investigation? Could it be that they don't want to see their own culpability? Additionally, DA Wagstaffe told the mother of an Ayres victims that they would not retry Ayres because they couldn't "justify to taxpayers the cost of a retrial." Huh? How does Wagstaffe justify the hundreds of thousands of dollars the county- including his office - paid Ayres for forty years to molest boys?


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