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Bail tripled for accused child psychiatrist

April 14, 2007

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— More than three dozen former patients have accused a prominent child psychiatrist of molesting them, a prosecutor said Friday in persuading a judge to jail the man and triple his bail.

San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan said she expects to add charges next week alleging that Dr. William Ayres, 75, molested four more boys who had been in his care, bringing the total to nine cases that can be prosecuted within the statute of limitations.

Ayres, already charged with molesting five boys, was jailed Friday after a judge raised his bail from $250,000 to $750,000.

McKowan had asked for $1.8 million bail, alleging that the doctor had a "30-year history of pedophiliac behavior."

She said 37 men had accused Ayres, a former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, of molesting them since 1969.

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