Many of us are puzzled as to why the San Mateo prosecutor Melissa Mckowan did not challenge Ayres' lawyer's bogus defense that physical exams of boys in therapy was standard practice when Ayres was training in the 1960s. Here is an article from San Mateo County Times on June 19, 2009, during the trial. Entitled “Books Depicting Nude Young Boys Suppressed in Ayres Trial
”, the article says the following:The defense has argued that Ayres performed physical examinations on some of his patients as part of his “therapeutic model.” He is the former President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
He told colleagues that he performed medical examinations because it was the way he had been trained. He had done his residency in the early 1960s at the Judge Baker Center in Boston, one of the country’s premier centers for the study of child psychology.
On this website, some of us are especially puzzled as to why the prosecutor did not bother to look into Ayres' Boston training, as she had already been told by his former partner Dr. Hugh Ridlehuber ( who died a few months before the trial) that Ayres had told him that he had been trained to give physical exams-that included the genitalia- at Judge Baker in Boston.
After the mistrial, reporter Victoria Balfour, who had already tracked down four doctors who had trained with Ayres in Boston in the 1960s before Ayres was arrested - doctors who told her Ayres was lying about his training, but for varying reasons the prosecutor didn't use them - set about to find and interview more doctors who had trained with Ayres in Boston at Judge Baker. In all, she interviewed 20 doctors. Many of the interviews have been posted over at the William Ayres blog. www.williamayreswatch.blogspot.com
We will give you a condensed sampling of some of those interviews with the doctors who trained with Ayres.
The question she posed to each of the twenty doctors was this:During your training at Judge Baker, were you at any time trained to give physical exams to children as a routine and regular part of therapy -- physical exams that would include an examination of the genitalia?
Here are some of their answers.
- Dr. Lee Willer:
"I trained with Ayres. Neither he nor I nor anyone else in our training group was trained to give physical exams to children as part of therapy. In fact, we were advised NOT to do physicals on children.
- Dr. Nicholas Verven
: "I was not trained to give physical exams to kids in therapy. Physical exams of children would not be supported by the training we had. I knew Ayres at Judge Baker, and Ayres was certainly not trained to do this at Judge Baker.
Dr. Irving Hurwitz:
" I remember Bill Ayres and his wife Solveig, who taught at the Manville School at Judge Baker. Judge Baker was a bastion of psychoanalytic teaching and it imposed very strict rules as to how therapy with children would be done. Physical exams were not done. Any hint that any therapist would be doing physicals would raise serious concerns.
"Dr. Gordon Harper:
"We didn't do physicals on children in therapy at Judge Baker. In my career, I don't know of any child psychiatrist who has been trained that way. Although I have heard of other child psychiatrists who've molested kids who have used Ayres' line about being "trained" to give physicals to kids. That's just a dodge that child psychiatrists who are molesting children use."Dr. Milton Shore:
"Never, never did you touch a child in therapy! It was very implicit. You didn't do physical exams. Period."
Dr. David Reiser
:"Absolutely not!! If there had been any instance in which a child needed a physical exam, the physical exam would have been done at Children's Hospital, right across the street. I am 83 years old and have been practicing child psychiatry since 1954, and I have never conducted a physical exam on a child in therapy in my entire career. I don't know anyone who has. It would be a violation of boundaries. Giving a physical to a child in therapy is like having a priest do physical exams on people who get confession."