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Louisiana convicted child rapist to be chemically castrated after serving 35-year prison sentence

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, of Kentwood, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, molestation of a juvenile under 13, and sexual battery on March 1.

He was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Brian Ables.

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.

“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 person also explained this behavior had taken place for more than a year. The juvenile was then interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Hammond and was able to detail the incidents. A possible second victim was also discovered.”

District Attorney revealed how Clark was caught.

“Clark also has a prior conviction of Misdemeanor Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile… He was sentenced to 128 days in the parish jail for that charge in 2015.”

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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Written by Jamil Johnson