Man from Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana convicted of raping a girl under the age of 13 will be chemically castrated
Ryan Clark, 34, will undergo the castration before commencing his 35-year in prison sentence
Clark, of Kentwood, pled guilty to second-degree rape, molestation of a juvenile under 13, and sexual battery on March 1
Clark was arrested on July 17, 2020 and charged with sexual battery and molestation of a juvenile that lasted a year
After further investigation, he was additionally charged with first-degree rape
A Louisiana man convicted of raping a girl under the age of 13 will be chemically castrated in addition to serving 35 years in prison, a judge ruled this week.
Ryan Clark, 34, was also ordered to make no contact with the victim, register as a sex offender for life and forfeit all his parental rights to any children, according to Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.
Clark was arrested on July 17, 2020, and charged with sexual battery and molestation of a juvenile. After further investigation, he was additionally charged with first-degree rape.
On the second day of his trial Clark, of Kentwood, pled guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree rape, molestation of a juvenile under 13, and sexual battery on March 1.
The convicted rapist was previously convicted in 2015 of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile for receiving oral sex in a public place from a minor. He served 128 days in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.
His 35-year sentence has pronounced Tuesday by Judge Brian Ables of the Twenty-first Judicial District. On July 16 of 2020, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of indecent behavior between Clark and a juvenile by a person the victim had confided in.
The whistle blower reported that the predatory behavior had lasted for more than a year.
The juvenile was then During a follow up interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center, the victim provided details of the incidents. Furthermore, a possible second victim was also discovered.
Subsequently, an arrest warrant was issued and Clark was taken into custody on July 17 for Sexual Battery and Molestation of a Juvenile.
With the discovery of more information, he was later charged for First-Degree Rape as well.
Chemical castration was made legal in Louisiana in 2008 as a sentencing for those found guilty of certain crimes, including molestation of a juvenile, aggravated rape, forcible rape, second-degree sexual battery, aggravated incest, and aggravated crime against nature, according to WVUE.
The process involves injections of Medroxyprogesterone acetate — a drug that suppresses a man’s sex drive by depleting testosterone levels, the outlet reported.
The injections must be administered at least a week before a convicted sex offender is released from prison.