After years of legal wrangling, Dr. William Ayres, an 81-year-old former San Mateo psychiatrist accused of molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s, admitted to the charges against him Thursday.
A wheelchair-bound Ayres pleaded no contest to eight felony molestation charges just four days into jury selection in his second trial in San Mateo County Superior Court. His first trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial in 2009. Read More
The lengthy legal saga of a San Mateo psychiatrist is set to continue after a judge Wednesday found him competent to stand trial.
William Ayres, 80, was arrested in 2007 and was charged with molesting seven youths, ages 8 to 13, during counseling sessions between 1991 and 1996. The past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was also accused of molesting more than 30 others on occasions that are now beyond the statute of limitations. Read More
A competency hearing for an 80-year-old psychiatrist accused of molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s began Friday and is expected to continue through Wednesday or Thursday, prosecutors said.
William Ayres, a former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, was returned to San Mateo County in August to stand trial after spending nine months under observation at Napa State Hospital. Read More
A former prominent child psychiatrist who allegedly faked a mental illness in order to avoid prosecution on molestation charges was denied bail Wednesday.
William Ayres, 80, who is charged with molesting seven youths from ages 8 to 13 during counseling sessions in the early 1990s, will remain in San Mateo County Jail while awaiting a hearing scheduled for Oct. 1. Read More
A prominent former child psychiatrist who is accused of molesting young patients — and, more recently, of faking a mental illness in order to avoid prosecution — will learn Wednesday if he will be allowed to be freed on bail. Read More
Former prominent child psychiatrist William Ayres — to the shock of many — was found competent to be retried on charges that he molested patients, according to a report released Wednesday.
Last year, prosecutors suspected that the 80-year-old’s failing mind would only get worse, making it so that he would never again face charges for accusations that date back to the 1990s.
But a progress report from doctors at Napa State Hospital stated otherwise. Read More
Who: William Ayres, 80
What: A judge on Thursday denied a request from Ayres’ lawyers and family to release the accused child molester from Napa State Hospital. Read More
A lack of beds has once again delayed alleged child molester William Ayres’ admission into Napa State Hospital, leaving him free on bail for at least three more weeks, San Mateo County’s District Attorney said Monday.Ayres, 79, the prominent child psychologist accused of molesting patients during physical exams, was supposed to enter the hospital by Thursday. Read More
For outraged families seeking justice against William Ayres, it was hard enough to learn the prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist accused of molesting patients would be sentenced to a state mental hospital rather than prison.
On Wednesday, they were dealt another blow.
Ayres, 79, who doctors say suffers dementia, was given another 30 days of freedom before he has to report to Napa State Hospital, according to prosecutors. Read More
For outraged families seeking justice against William Ayres, it was hard enough to learn the prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist accused of molesting patients would be sentenced to a state mental hospital rather than prison. Read More