Police: Ayres didn’t record exams

The 75-year-old child psychiatrist accused of molesting dozens of former patients performed several physical examinations on the boys without noting it in medical records, a San Mateo police officer said Tuesday.

It was one of several details revealed in court Tuesday in the case of Dr. William Ayres, who is charged with 20 counts of performing lewd and lascivious acts with seven boys who were under his care between 1991 and 1996.

Prosecutors claim he allegedly sexually abused more than 30 other boys when they were children in the 1970s and 1980s, but those alleged incidents fall beyond the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution.

Ayres, who is retired, was highly reputable in the field and was once the president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was often retained by the county and school districts to examine troubled youth.

The revelation that Ayres did not note physical exams in the medical files of his alleged victims contradicts an interview he gave The Examiner in August 2006 in which he admitted to performing full-body examinations on some of his patients. He denied, however, ever abusing or molesting his patients.

In the preliminary hearing Tuesday — which will lead to a potential jury trial — two San Mateo detectives provided graphic detail of accusations made by at least a dozen alleged victims.

Many victims claim they were masturbated by Ayres. Some allegations were more bizarre, with one claiming Ayres asked a child to undress and urinate into a cup while he watched.

Defense Attorney Doron Weinberg downplayed the accusations, saying that police questioning and the publicity the case received spawned a torrent of accusations and false memories.

San Mateo police obtained case files from Ayres last year, in part because of a civil suit that was filed by an alleged victim in 2002, which was settled out of court.

The detectives interviewed morethan 200 patients and arrested Ayres at his home in San Mateo April 5.

About ten onlookers watched the Tuesday hearing and hugged outside after a judge confirmed that Ayres will face 20 felony counts.

Geri McDonough, who in the 1960s was part of a protest against the the sex education show “A Time of Your Life,” which was hosted by Ayres on KQED, was not surprised by the graphic detail of the testimony. “Nothing surprises me,” she said.

Ayres is free on $750,000 bail. Ayres will be back in court Sept. 6 for his arraignment.

bfoley@examiner.com

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