ayres Posts Bail.
Well, that was fast.
Apparently the claims that the ayres family would be facing hardship over a higher bail were grossly exaggerated. Judge Grandsaert should have listened to Prosecutor McKowan when she asked for $2M in bail.
According to the San Mateo Daily Journal (pdf), the sick and disgusting ayres clan ponied up $900K on Thursday. As before, it appears that the bail was posted directly, not through a bond, but the article doesn't specify that directly.
[UPDATE November 5, 2012:
According to the rather belated article in the Mercury News (pdf) on 11/5/2012, ayres posted bond, not bail, so the family is now permanently out another $90K. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! ]
I'm impressed with reporter Michelle Durand lately. I think she could be doing a better job on the background (ayres' long relationship with the County) but otherwise, she's been pretty on top of the current stories, more so than any other news professional.
Here's the bail history according to the SM Daily Journal:
Arrest on $1.5M warrant.
1 day later reduced to $250,000 with no explanation.
After more charges added: $750,000
According to the Mercury News, Peninsula child psychiatrist to be tried again for molesting patients, judge says, 2012-10-31 (pdf) Judge Grandsaert raised the bail because he was worried "that Ayres could try to "manipulate" witnesses in order to avoid prosecution.
If this is so, then why did the court or DA or County NOT notify all of the victims who have filed reports with the police, and are identified as potential witnesses at trial? This oversight by the County of San Mateo appears to be standard practice. Why haven't the County Supervisors done anything to ensure the safety of the county's constituents?
On the up side: if ayres hasn't gone into hiding yet, there appears to be some money left for the (at least) three lawsuits that appear to still be active and scheduled for the same timeframe as ayres' new criminal trial.
I would strongly urge that anyone in the area with young boys be watchful for this criminal.
Families of anyone that ayres victimizes while out on bail should focus their lawyers on Barbara Ayres of Sacramento, who is now ayres' legal conservator, and who should be held directly fiscally responsible for any and all behavior of the child molester while he is out of custody.
Let's hope Barbara keeps the child molester on a very short leash.
william hamilton ayres was arrested on April 5, 2007 on charges relating to his molestation of many young boys while he was alleging to provide psychiatric care to private patients as well as referrals for evaluation from the juvenile court system in San Mateo County. ayres has been delaying his way through the system free from custody until this latest gambit to skirt prosecution by playing demented for the courts. ayres is currently under the conservatorship of his daughter Barbara Ayres of Sacramento, CA.
ayres has had significant interaction over the years with local politicians on boards like the "Children and Families First Commission," including the DA who was serving when prosecution began Jim Fox and Assemblyman Rich Gordon. In fact, Gordon nominated ayres for a lifetime achievement award for his "Tireless effort to improve the lives of children." ayres has also been vocally supported during his criminal trial by local head-shrinkers like Bart Blinder, Etta Bryant, Mel Blaustein, Harry Coren, Tom Ciesla, Robert Kimmich, Larry Lurie, Maria Lymberis, Richard Shadoan, Captane Thomson, and Harold Wallach.