William Ayres deemed competent to stand trial

S.F. Examiner File PhotoProsecutors accused William Ayres of using his medical knowledge to fake symptoms of dementia.

S.F. Examiner File PhotoProsecutors accused William Ayres of using his medical knowledge to fake symptoms of dementia.

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.

His first trial in 2009 ended in a hung jury after one juror opposed a conviction on four of nine counts. Last year, attorneys on both sides agreed Ayres was experiencing symptoms of dementia and he spent nine months at Napa State Hospital.

Then, a new report from hospital doctors revealed Ayres is competent to stand trial. He was accused by prosecutors of using his extensive medical knowledge to fake his illness.

On Wednesday, the judge set Ayres’ bail at $900,000. He is being held in County Jail.

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsSan Mateo County Superior CourtWilliam Ayres

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Recology executives have acknowledged overcharging city ratepayers. (Mira Laing/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Recology to repay customers $95M in overcharged garbage fees, city attorney says

San Francisco’s waste management company, Recology, has agreed to repay its customers… Continue reading

A construction worker watches a load for a crane operator at the site of the future Chinatown Muni station for the Central Subway on Tuesday, March 3, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Major construction on Central Subway to end by March 31

SFMTA board approves renegotiated contract with new deadline, more contractor payments

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Settlement clears path for all youth, high school sports to resume in California

John Maffei The San Diego Union-Tribune All youth and high school sports… Continue reading

State to reserve 40 percent of COVID-19 vaccines for hard-hit areas

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation State officials said Thursday that… Continue reading

Neighbors and environmental advocates have found the Ferris wheel in Golden Gate Park noisy and inappropriate for its natural setting. <ins>(</ins>
Golden Gate Park wheel wins extension, but for how long?

Supervisors move to limit contract under City Charter provision requiring two-thirds approval

Most Read