[ORIGINAL POST DATE: 8/25/09 11:39 AM - Moved for visibility and continuity]
Because Ayres has been telling everyone in San Mateo for over forty years that he was trained at Judge Baker to do regular physical exams on children in therapy, we've been hot on the trail of other Judge Baker-trained child psychiatrists to ask them whether this was in fact, true.
The reason we think this is so important? Jurors from the first trial have told us that a number of jurors actually believed Ayres when he said that he had been trained to do physicals during therapy back in the 1960s.
So what are the folks here at the Williamayreswatch to do?
Find someone out there who can back Ayres up, of course!!
However, we're here to tell you that so far, we've come up short. Very short.
In previous posts we've talked about our interviews with Dr. Stanley Walzer, Dr. Jacqueline Amati-Mehler and Dr. Joseph Mullen - all of whom trained with Ayres at Judge Baker in the early 1960s who all say that his assertion that they were trained to give physicals to kids in therapy is a load of crock. We've also talked with Dr. Dan Ditmore, who told us that he wasn't trained to give physicals there either. He even recalled that there was an onsite pediatrics unit where all Judge Baker children were physically examined by pediatricians.-
Last week we spoke with Dr. Gordon Harper, who graduated from Harvard Medical School and trained at Judge Baker in the early 1970s. Harper told us that Ayres' explanation about his Judge Baker training was nonsense - just a "dodge" he said, that all child psychiatrists who molest children use.
Today, in our ongoing Judge Baker series, we lucked out by finding yet another child psychiatrist who actually trained with Ayres in the early 1960s.
He is Massachusetts child psychiatrist Dr. Lee Willer.
Dr. Willer's articles and research on child psychiatry have appeared in a number of journals, including the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; the Journal of Psychiatry and The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, to name just a few.
Dr. Willer told us that neither he nor Ayres nor anyone else at Judge Baker had been trained to give physical exams during therapy when they were there. "In fact, we were advised not to do physicals on children," he said.
It's not only child psychiatrists at Judge Baker who are saying this. We've talked to child shrinks who've trained at Yale and Johns Hopkins and Columbia and so on, and not a single one has said that they received any training to give physicals to children in therapy. When they heard Ayres' Judge Baker excuse, they snorted with derision. Then they got angry. They all said that what Ayres was doing was against the law.
Still, we'll keep hunting for that elusive someone who can back Ayres up.
Something tells us, though, it's gonna be a cold day in hell before that happens!