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Former child psychiatrist sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting boys

Original post made on Aug 27, 2013

A former San Mateo psychiatrist did not flinch when a San Mateo Superior Court judge sentenced him Monday (Aug. 26) to eight years in state prison for molesting boys who were patients of his in the 1990s.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 26, 2013, 8:55 PM


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

It's about time, the 8 year max sentence was part of the plea deal. We San Mateo County residents can learn from this and we can do better at protecting the children in our County.
Get involved, lets investigate how this was allowed to happen so many years after being reported by so many boys, parents, and mandated reporters.

I'm glad the victims and family members were finally able to speak to William H. Ayres.

Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

Whoever attended the hearing yesterday got it wrong. Not only did Ayres flinch, but he pitched a fit when four guards tried to wheel him away. He was very agitated and raised his voice.

I thought it was interesting that Ayres' wife talked about Ayres working with the DA's office on cases. She said that she thought the DA pursued the case against her husband because the DA was mad that sometimes he recommended treatment instead of incarceration.

Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

I was in the courtroom, and Ayres in many instances glared fiercely at whoever was speaking, in particular the mother of a victim who died many years ago.

Also, victim Thomas C is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist

Posted by Chris, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Nice way to spend the autumn years of your life, in the lockup. He'll get out when he's 89. For a parallel case on the east coast where the perpetrator eventually committed suicide, google Dr. Mel Levine and molest.

Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2013 at 5:05 am

The Ayres blog has a much more detailed and intelligent account of the sentencing than any of the press:

Web Link

Posted by Lurker, a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2013 at 7:10 am

When the police started investigating Ayres in 2002, and then when a victim sued him for molestation in 2003, Ayres didn't want anyone to know that he had the first ever television sex ed series for kids, called " A Time of Your Life" on PBS. It was shown nationally and in the schools.

It was hugely controversial as it was very graphic. It pitted conservative parents against liberals. The conservative parents had a gut feeling that there was something wrong with Ayres.One couple was thrown into jail for keeping their child out of school on the days the school showed the sex ed series.

Back in the 1960s, Ayres accused the protesters as being uptight and members of the John Birch Society.

The parents who protested Ayres' sex ed series feel very vindicated now. One of them , Alice Vipiana, with her husband, attended the sentencing hearing on Monday, and a Marin paper did a story, with a photo of the parent with journalist/ advocate Victoria Balfour:

Web Link