San Mateo County Times
San Mateo psychiatrist molestation trial delayed two months
By Joshua Melvin
March 6, 2013

Psychiatrist William Ayres

Psychiatrist William Ayres

REDWOOD CITY — A judge agreed Tuesday to a once-esteemed San Mateo child psychiatrist’s request to delay his retrial on charges of molesting his young male patients.

Williams Ayres’ trial was slated to begin this coming Monday, but San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Robert Foiles pushed the date to May 13, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Ayres remains out of jail on $900,000 bail.

Defense attorney Jonathan McDougall argued in court papers he needed more time to plow through thousands of pages of evidence, including the transcripts from the 2009 prosecution which ended in mistrial. He also said deputy district attorney Melissa McKowan didn’t turn over the names of new experts slated to testify at the trial.

Ayres, 81, faces nine felony counts of child molestation stemming from accusations made by men who were his patients in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The men testified Ayres abused them during therapy sessions at his San Mateo office.

While on the stand Ayres said he’d performed physical and genital exams on the boys, but only as part of their treatment. The one time head of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry argued the touching was a normal part of his practice.

Wagstaffe said Ayres is due back in court Monday for a hearing on a motion by the California State Bar to stop McDougall from getting records about an investigation into McKowan’s conduct.
McDougall didn’t respond to a request for comment.