William Ayres, 81, is in San Mateo County
Superior Court Monday morning for sentencing after he pleaded no contest
to molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s in May.
Defense motions in the first hour of the sentencing trial were denied and it has moved on to hearing testimony from some of the victims.
former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry, Ayres was arrested on April 6, 2007, at his San Mateo home.
was charged with nine counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child
under the age of 14 for allegedly inappropriately touching five boys who
had come to him for counseling in the early 1990s.
believe the alleged molestations involved fondling of young patients
during "medical" examinations while in counseling sessions with Ayres,
during a period from 1991 to 1996. The boys were between the ages of 9
and 13 at the time, according to San Mateo County Deputy District
Attorney Melissa McKowan.
Ayres had a thriving practice treating
children patients from the 1960s to 2006, according to the district
attorney's office. He was also called on to evaluate hundreds of cases,
including sex offenders, in San Mateo County juvenile court going back
to the 1970s.
Ayres was remanded into custody earlier this month
when a previous sentencing date was continued due to a delay in a
"It's a big day for the victims they are finally
going to get their day to talk about what happened to them," District
Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said earlier this month.