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Dr. William Ayres pleads guilty to child molestation today

Original post made by Lurker, another community, on May 16, 2013

Just in: Dr. William Ayres, the court appointed psychiatrist to hundreds of juveniles in San Mateo County, will plead guilty to child molestation today.

Sentencing is August 6, 2013.

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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Wow, Great News Lurker thanks for keeping us posted.


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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

He plead no contest to 8 felony counts, August 6, 2013 sentencing date, until then he is as free as a bird.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

It's too bad the judge didn't immediately remand him into custody.


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Posted by Michael G Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Well said Menlo Voter,

I don't have a clue as to how that happened, I don't know if they are hoping he will take care of himself during this time period. If he wasn't suicidal before this might push him over the edge, time will tell.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Yes, thanks to Lurker for keeping us in the loop. And yes again, I wish he'd been remanded.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Michael:

from what I've seen of his behavior, he is a classic sociopath/psychopath. He doesn't think he did anything wrong. He has no remorse. Any hope he might off himself is ill-founded. Too bad. Of course, if they stick him in the general population in prison, they'll take care of him. Thieves may have no honor, but none of them can stand a child molester. If he doesn't serve his time in protective custody, he'll be dead inside of year. Hope so anyway. Nothing worse than a child molester.


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Posted by Parallels
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I'm reminded of what John Boehner said yesterday. The question isn't what Ayers is going to do now, or when he'll go to jail. The question is when Stephen Wagstaffe and Melissa McKowan will be arrested/prosecuted/imprisoned or at least step down for intentionally trying to sabotage this prosecution for years. It was only when victim's advocate Victoria Balfour made that impossible did Wagstaffe go through the motions to prosecute Ayres.

Now the civil lawsuits against San Mateo County will start, what Wagstaffe was trying so desperately to prevent.

Why he made this plea doesn't quite make sense, unless it was simply to save money on his defense costs.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

SF Gate article:

Web Link


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2013 at 3:46 am

After news stories came out that prosecutor Melissa Mckowan was disciplined by the California Bar for lying about her actions on the case to the CRIME VICTIMS and their families, the Board of Supervisors read Wagstaffe the riot act about her..

That's when Wagstaffe caved to pressure and put on the two other prosecutors. But he put on Al Giannini, who has been singled out as one of the biggest offenders of prosecutorial misconduct in the state of California.

One concern: Ayres has been free for years. Why not remand him immediately to jail? Who's to say what will happen between now and August 6, the sentencing date?


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Posted by Lurker
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on May 17, 2013 at 4:13 am

Mercury News story today: Web Link

Too many victims committed suicide during the six years between the time that Ayres was arrested and his plea yesterday.

One of them ran headlong into traffic on a freeway in Los Angeles in August 2011 and was killed instantly. This was just before the DA refused to consider the evidence of a private investigator hired by families that Ayres was competent to stand trial.

Another victim who had come forward in 2004, before Ayres was arrested, finally gave up hope that he would ever be convicted and died in February 2011 at age 44.

There are many more like these men out there, with tragic endings. They might still be alive today had the DA's office gotten its act together sooner.


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Posted by cleancourts
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

What I don't understand it why no one has tried Judge Beth Labson Freeman to this - she has been nominated by Obama to be a federal judge. She was San Mateo County Deputy County Counsel at the time the complaints started surely she knew something and still presided over the trial which ended in a mistrial then all of a sudden at the same time she was being considered Ayres pleads.... This needs to be looked into.


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