A convicted child rapist in Louisiana was sentenced to serve a 35-year sentence in prison and must be chemically castrated upon release.
Ryan Clark, 34, pleaded guilty March 1 to felony charges of second-degree rape when the victim is prevented from resisting due to force or threats, two counts of molestation of a juvenile under 13, and sexual battery.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible incident between “Clark and a juvenile by a person the victim had confided in” on July 16, 2020.
According to 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux, the victim said that the behavior had happened for more than a year.
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When the juvenile was interviewed, a second victim was discovered, the district attorney said.
Clark was taken into custody on July 17, 2020 on charges of sexual battery and molestation of a minor.
Prior to his guilty plea he was convicted of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile for receiving oral sex in a public place and spent 228 days in jail in 2021.
Perrilloux said that Clark will serve a total of 35-years within the Lousiana Department of Corrections, with the first 25 years “to be served without benefits.”
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After Clark is released from prison, he must submit to chemical castration, Perrilloux said, in addition to registering as a sex offender, and forfeit all parental rights.
According to FOX 8, chemical castration was made legal in Louisiana in 2008 when former Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that would allow drug treatments of those found guilty of some crimes, such as molestation of a juvenile, aggravated rape, forcible rape, second-degree sexual battery, aggravated incest, and aggravated crime against nature.
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Chemical castration is administered by injections of medroxyprogesterone acetate, which supresses a male’s sex drive by lowering testosterone levels.