A Louisiana man who pleaded guilty to felony charges of second-degree rape has been required to under chemical castration.
Fox affiliate WVUE-TV reports Ryan Clark, 34, was sentenced this week to 35 years in prison for rape and molestation charges with 25 of those years to be served without the benefit of parole or probation. Earlier this month, Clark pleaded guilty to felony charges of second-degree rape, molestation of a juvenile under 13, and sexual battery.
In July 2020, Clark was arrested after law enforcement “was notified of indecent behavior between Clark and a juvenile by a person the victim had confided in.” Clark, who has been ordered not to contact the victim, must register as a sex offender for life, as well as forfeit all parental rights to any children. In addition, upon his release from prison, Clark must submit to chemical castration.
Chemical Castration was made legal in Louisiana in 2008, and involves injections of medroxyprogesterone acetate, a drug that suppresses a man’s sex drive by reducing testosterone levels. The procedure is an attempt to make sure the offender is “no longer motivated to commit sex offenses and is more amenable to psychotherapy that can enable him to reintegrate into the community,” according to the U.S Department of Justice.
In 2015, Clark was also convicted of Misdemeanor Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile for receiving oral sex in a public place from a minor. He was sentenced to 128 days in jail.