A sixth victim has just filed a molestation civil suit against Ayres. Case number: CIV492658. His lawyer is David Drivon of Sacramento.
The suit is so new that you won't find it listed on www.sanmateocourt.org. We will let you know when it is listed. [Update 3/18/2009 by DS: it is listed now, and the link is set up above. The court system is a bit buggy, and you may have to click the above link two or three times for the case to actually load. You can just type the case number in, and it should work too. Once you finally get that link to work, the multitude of others will also work just fine.]
Good luck to the victim in this latest suit, and to the remaining four who still have suits pending. Another victim settled a civil suit with Ayres for $395,000 in 2005.
And speaking of civil suits against pedophile doctors -- have the California civil lawyers checked to see whether any suits were filed against Ayres in Boston when he was at Children's Hospital from 1959 to 1963? We're asking because renowned pedophile pediatrician Dr. Mel Levine, who also worked at Children's Hospital in Boston had molestation complaints about him there. Although when the civil suits against Levine first came out, the top brass at Children's Hospital denied it. Then some enterprising lawyer determined that there had been complaints by victims about Levine over a period of twenty years. Some had filed civil suits against Levine. And one victim had even written a letter to the President of Children's Hospital about Levine to say that Levine had molested him. As a result of the lawyer's investigation, Children's Hospital was forced to retract its statements.
What we're dying to know: What's in those files about Ayres over at Boston Children's Hospital? Is anyone out there going to go through the courts to check?We are informed by a California civil lawyer that the civil lawyers in CA law firms can work with Massachusetts counsel for this sort of discovery process. Let's hope some enterprising lawyer will get to the bottom of this.
And if there are any Boston victims out there who are reading this, you can't go wrong with Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who has worked on more than 700 cases of child molestation involving pedophile priests.