Convicted Child Rapist Will Be Chemically Castrated

After serving a long prison term, a child rapist who was found guilty has been ordered to undergo chemical castration as part of their punishment.

Ryan Clark, a Louisiana resident, pleaded guilty to all four charges against him, which included second-degree rape, sexual battery, and molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13, earlier this month.

On March 14, Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux declared that the 34-year-old offender would be serving a 35-year prison sentence with the Department of Corrections.

"The first 25 years of his sentence is to be served without benefits, and he will receive credit for time served," explained Perrilloux.

"He also must make no contact with the victims, register as a sex offender for life, forfeit all parental rights to all children and submit to chemical castration upon release."

The process of chemical castration utilizes anaphrodisiac drugs or chemicals to halt the production of sex hormones, such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), as a medical procedure.

The rationale for this is that a reduction in testosterone levels may lower the likelihood of the offender engaging in additional sexual offenses.

In 1996, California became the initial US state to authorize the use of chemical castration on repeat sex offenders who focus on children under the age of 13 as a component of their parole.

Subsequently, various states such as Florida, Iowa, Georgia, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Louisiana, where Clark was indicted, have enacted their own laws regarding the use of this measure.

In July 2020, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office received a report from an individual to whom the victim had disclosed Clark's inappropriate actions.

Law enforcement officials were informed that he committed his offenses against the minor for a period exceeding one year.

After an inquiry, during which the victim was questioned at the Children's Advocacy Center in Hammond, a potential second victim was identified.

Perrilloux continued: "From the information provided, a warrant was secured for Clark's arrest, and he was taken into custody by TPSO on July 17 for the charges of sexual battery and molestation of a juvenile."

"With the discovery of more information, he was later charged for first-degree rape as well."

While Clark was originally charged with first-degree rape of a victim under 13 by a grand jury, he eventually pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of second-degree rape, "when the victim is prevented from resisting due to force or threats," as well as other charges.

"Clark also has a prior conviction of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile for receiving oral sex in a public place from a minor," the District Attorney added.

"He was sentenced to 128 days in the parish jail for that charge in 2015."