Former San Mateo psychiatrist convicted of molestation dies at prison hospice

Former San Mateo psychiatrist and convicted child molester William Ayres died last month in a hospice at California Medical Facility, a state prison medical center in Vacaville, according to the Solano County coroner’s office.

Ayres, 84, was pronounced dead of natural causes at 12:38 a.m. on April 20, a coroner’s office spokesperson said. He was under a doctor’s care, was not brought to the coroner’s office and there was no autopsy, the spokesperson said.

Ayres was sentenced to eight years in prison in August 2013 for molesting five boys who came to him for counseling in the 1990s. He pleaded no contest in May 2013, soon after his second trial started, to eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14.

The first trial in 2009 ended in a hung jury. He was arrested on April 6, 2007.

Prosecutors said the victims — between 9 and 13 at the time — were fondled during “medical” examinations during the counseling sessions between 1991 and 1996.

Ayres treated children between the 1960s to 2006 and evaluated hundreds of cases, including some involving sex offenders, in San Mateo County juvenile court as the 1970s, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors identified 45 other alleged victims but the statute of limitations prevented his prosecution in those cases.

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