6 MONTROSE VOICE/DECEMBER 12, 1986
Police Charge Physician with Sexual Assault
By Sheri Cohen Darbonne
A local physician who worked closely
with the original founders ofthe Montrose Clinic has been charged with
aggravated sexual assault of a child in
connection with a series of encounters
that allegedly occurred four years ago.
Richard Fry O'Brien, 59, of 206 Arbor-
way, turned himself in to police Wednesday on the advice of his minister and an
assistant district attorney. He was
released under $10,000 bond.
Police are seeking leads in the slaying of
a man who, according to his brother,
had left a Montrose bar shortly before
he was stabbed to death in his south
west Houston apartment Sunday, Dec.
William Wayne Price was found in his
third floor apartment at Savannah
Club Apartments, 4444 Westheimer,
after several neighbors called police
and apartment security, Homicide Sgt.
Danny James said. The neighbors
reported hearing a disturbance in the
apartment, James said.
William Wayne Price
The assailant reportedly jumped from
the third story window and fled, police
said. One neighbor told police at the
scene that he had seen a man in a back
patio of the apartment complex.
According to the witness, the man
climbed over a back fence and fled on
foot, James said.
Sarah Stone, Savannah Club property supervisor, declined comment on
the killing or witness report.
Joe Porro of Aid for AIDS said Price's
brother contacted him to donate grocer
ies left in the apartment to the organization. Porro reported that the brother told
him Price had been to a Montrose bar
Price died of multiple stab wounds at
around 5:45 p.m., Sgt. James said.
Sgt. Jim Ramsey, one of the investigating officers, said the HPD Homicide
Division is soliciting the aid of the gay
community to help solve the crime. He
said the man who was seen on the complex grounds, described only as being
black, is a suspect, and is being sought
Ramsey said police are preparing flyers with the victim's photograph, to be
circulated in the Montrose area.
James Gordon Hoffman, 46, father of
the alleged abuse victim, was also
charged with aggravated sexual
assault of a child, police said. The Austin resident had not yet been arrested
Thursday, but has spoken to police in
Houston about the allegations and is
expected to turn himself in, HPD
spokesman Sgt. J.C. Mosier said.
Richard O'Brien when he was
contributing to the Montrose Clinic
O'Brien's twin brother, Robert F.
O'Brien, was Montrose Clinic's original
medical director and one of its founders.
Richard O'Brien also worked with the
clinic as a volunteer physician in its
The O'Briens, however, are also
familiar to the gay community because
of their vehement in vol vement in a campaign to oppose an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays in city
employment. Annise Parker, president
of the Houston Gay Political Caucus,
said the doctors gave extensive financial support for the homophobic media
blitz during the so-called gay rights referendum of 1985.
Gay activist Ray Hill reported that
the names of both O'Brien brothers
appeared on a list of major contributors
to the anti-gay "Campaign for Houston" during the referendum.
Hoffman's son, now 11, told authorities he repeatedly performed sex acts
with the two men in O'Brien's medical
Harris County Assistant District
Attorney Chuck Rosenthal said he
became involved indirectly when a minister at Second Baptist Church referred
O'Brien to him for legal advice. Both
Rosenthal and O'Brien are members of
Rosenthal said he had seen O'Brien
previously, but was not acquainted with
him. O'Brien consulted Rosenthal for
advice regarding an offense he claimed
at the time happened over five years
The statute of limitations for the
offense is five years, Rosenthal said.
A court document states that on Feb.
15, 1982, the boy, then seven years old,
performed sex acts with O'Brien and
Hoffman at O'Brien's Memorial area
Rosenthal said he advised O'Brien to
call the police.
Tom Audette, Montrose Clinic's present executive director, stated that the
O'Brien's have not been associated with
the clinic for at least three years. He
said the clinic was originally run by a
committee comprised primarily of medical professionals, but the governing
structure changed in early 1982.
The present board includes both physicians and lay people, Audette said.
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