A little background: After the United States Supreme Court knocked down the retroactive statute of limitations laws in criminal molestation cases in California in 2003, effectively ending Steve Abrams' criminal case, he decided to file a civil suit. During the initial police investigation from 2002-2003, the San Mateo Police told the Abrams not to contact Dr. Gross, for fear that Ayres would get wind of the police investigation. But once it had ended, there was nothing to stop Steve's mom Carol from contacting Dr. Gross and telling her that Ayres had molested her son. Not only was Dr. Gross shocked and upset at the news, but he informed Carol that his son David who was five years older than Steve, had also been a patient of Dr. Ayres. Dr. Gross then called his son David, who lives in San Diego and told him what Ayres had done to Steve. It was at this point - for the first time in his life - that David Gross confessed to his father that he too had been molested by Dr. Ayres. David offered to help Steve Abrams with his civil suit in any way he could, and had indeed come up to San Mateo to testify in July 2005 to testify for Steve - along with victim Greg Hogue- when the civil suit was settled.
David is a great guy with a wicked sense of humor. He told Steve and Greg that after Ayres had molested him, he spent the next few therapy sessions practicing his karate moves so Ayres wouldn't touch him again. It worked.
What we find appalling is that Ayres took advantage of Dr. Gross's generosity and his constant stream of referrals by sexually assaulting Gross's own son.
We applaud David for coming forward. We applaud all of the victims who have come forward. We hope that the others who have not come forward ( we know of three ourselves) will do so at one point. Perhaps they will talk to a therapist( there are ones out there who can be trusted) or to a spouse or a pastor. They are welcome to talk about it here, anonymously or otherwise.
Here then is David Gross's Comment: