A judge in Louisiana decided this week that a man who was found guilty of raping a girl under 13 will also spend 35 years in prison and be chemically castrated.
Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said that Ryan Clark, 34, was also told not to talk to the victim, be registered as a se*x offender for life, and give up all parental rights to any children.
Clark from Kentwood admitted to rape in the second degree, molesting a child under 13 years old, and se*xual battery on March 1.
Judge Brian Ables gave him his sentence.
In 2008, Louisiana made chemical castration a legal way to punish people who were found guilty of certain crimes, such as molestation of a child, aggravated rape, forcible rape, second-degree se*xual battery, aggravated incest, and aggravated crime against nature.
According to the news source, the process involves giving men injections of medroxyprogesterone acetate, a drug that lowers testosterone levels and stops men from wanting to have se*x.
A convicted se*x offender must get the injections at least one week before they are let out of jail.
From July 2020 on, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was told about “inappropriate behavior” between Clark and a minor by someone the victim had told. This led to an investigation into Clark. The person told the police that the behavior had been going on for over a year.
Perrilloux said that the victim was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Hammond, where she talked about what happened.
During the investigation, a possible second victim was also found.
There were no other details given about what happened.
Clark was caught and charged with s*exual battery and molestation of a child on July 17, 2020. He was also charged with first-degree rape after more research was done.
The person who was found guilty of rape had been found guilty of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2015 for having oral se*x with a minor in public. He was locked up in Tangipahoa Parish Jail for 128 days.