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Convicted child rapist sentenced to chemical castration

A Louisiana man was ordered to undergo chemical castration at the end of a lengthy prison sentence for raping a person under the age of 13.

Ryan Clark, 34, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. For the first 25 years, he will not be eligible for parole, according to the statement. VBRZ-TV.

Tangipahoa County District Attorney Scott Perrilou said Clark pleaded guilty on March 1 to charges of second-degree rape, molesting a minor under the age of 13 and sexual battery, and was sentenced Tuesday. VVUE-TV.

Other terms of the sentence are that upon release, Clark must register as a sex offender for life and forfeit parental rights to all children.

Clark had previously been convicted of misdemeanor sexual intercourse with a minor for inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. WAFB-TV.

In that case, he served 128 days in prison.

The Tangipahoa County Sheriff’s Office was informed of the allegations against Clark in July 2020. Advocate.

At the time, a person the victim confided in said that indecent behavior between Clark and the minor had been going on for over a year.

Should chemical castration be the norm for those convicted of child rape?

The juvenile was questioned at the Child Welfare Center in Hammond, Louisiana and told investigators what happened. Officials did not share details of the charges against Clark.

According to WVUE, chemical castration involves injections of medroxyprogesterone acetate, a drug designed to lower testosterone levels. The procedure has been legal in Louisiana since 2008.

Injections are given at least a week before cellmate leaves the prison.

New Mexico is considering a law allowing chemical castration. KRKO-TV.

The New Mexico bill requires a sex offender who wants to be released on parole to agree to take chemicals starting a month before release and for a period after release, as required by the court.

As suggested, offenders pay for the treatment.

“There is no cure for pedophiles. There is no treatment plan. I wanted to make it a condition of paedophiles’ release that they have to have it,” said New Mexico Rep. Stephanie Lord, the bill’s sponsor.

“They call it chemical castration, which is basically Depo-Provera. [a hormonal contraceptive] injections. Thus, they can be released, but they need to have these injections for as long as they are gone. I would like to do everything in my power to make sure we are trying to save our children and keep them safe,” she said.

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